Novak Djokovic was terribly weak 12 months ago, says fitness trainer


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Novak Djokovic was terribly weak 12 months ago, says fitness trainer

In an interview, Novak Djokovic's fitness trainer Gebhard Gritsch commented on the Serb's comeback to the highest tennis level after going down to the 22nd place in the world 12 months ago. "The success was a logical consequence of our work.

We did not do it differently than before. But we know Novak so well that we exactly know what he needs and not make mistakes anymore", said Gritsch. Recalling Djokovic's shape back in April 2018, Gritsch added: "Novak was absolutely weak, mentally and physically.

He was suffering an elbow issue for two years. Novak was no longer competitive in 2018. He had to fight against every average player and he lost many. Then he trained a lot, much more than the previous years. His career was at risk."

"Agassi and Stepanek only wanted to change Djokovic. It does not work. You cannot change something when you do not know how he works. Both of them had no time, they wanted to change a lot as soon as possible. That was the wrong way.

Agassi doesn't have experience as a coach. He watched too much tennis and too less humans. But you first need to have confidence and Novak is someone who takes a lot of time before trusting someone. That's logical: many people come to him, they tell him how good he is, what he can do better."