If you could pick one ATP Tour star to coach, who would it be and why?

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Italian star Fabio Fognini answered that question during an Instagram Live session on Tuesday.


“You would definitely be one of the players that I would like to coach,” Djokovic told the Italian.

“Serbia! Serbia! Serbia!” Fognini quickly chanted, drawing a laugh from Djokovic.

“I think you are one of the most talented players that I have ever seen, that I have ever played against,” Djokovic said. “I think your team and your coaches are already doing a very good job, but I feel I can contribute a little bit more!”

Djokovic and Fognini then got serious, looking at other players besides each other. Fognini picked a player who is a shotmaker like himself.

“Kyrgios,” Fognini said, before Djokovic responded.

“Kyrgios, I knew it!”

Djokovic revealed that there are some younger players whom he’d enjoy mentoring.

“I would probably coach Felix Auger-Aliassime,” the World No. 1 said. “I would love to coach him because I think he’s a great guy, very talented, fantastic work ethic. And Shapo as well, great guys. Tsitsipas [too].”