Tennis star Goran Ivanisevic has revealed he is a West Bromwich Albion fan - and believes the team can avoid the stress of last year's Great Escape this season.
Ivanisevic revelled in the club's escape from relegation on the final day of last season and believes they can improve this campaign after Bryan Robson strengthened the squad over the summer with the additions of Chris Kirkland, Diomansy Kamara, Steve Watson and Darren Carter.
"I was glad the team stayed up and I think I will have something more to cheer this year," said Ivanisevic, who also hopes to make his first visit to The Hawthorns this season.
"I would love to come and see them play in person," said the former Wimbledon champion, who is also a passionate Hadjuk Split fan.
"I love English football because the fans are so passionate - the supporters are unbelievable.
" I would want to watch any English football live, but now I have a team in West Bromwich Albion I have to come and see them."
The Croatian even had some advice for Robson as he sought to put the finishing touches to the squad.
"I think we should sign a Croatian player," said Ivanisevic. "If we have a Croatian player in the team it is impossible we will get relegated!"
Ivanisevic and John McEnroe were introduced to the Baggies by
Albion fan David Law, who works with them on the Delta Tour of Champions - a circuit which culminates at the Royal Albert Hall from November 29 to December 4.
Ivanisevic explained: "Finally I started to support them and as soon as I did they stayed up."