ANDY MURRAY COULD OPT FOR A BIG-NAME COACH

ANDY MURRAY COULD OPT FOR A BIG-NAME COACH

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ANDY MURRAY COULD OPT FOR A BIG-NAME COACH

 

– On Monday, British No.1 Andy Murray and Mauresmo agreed to part ways because she could not commit enough time to travelling

The tennis star is now set to appoint another former top player as his coach after splitting with Amelie Mauresmo.

 

ANDY MURRAY COULD OPT FOR A BIG-NAME COACH
Amelie Mauresmo with Murray

ANDY MURRAY COULD OPT FOR A BIG-NAME COACH

Just yesterday, Andy Murray decided to split with the ex-world number one before his run to the Madrid Masters final, citing a lack of time together as a chief concern.

Now that they are no longer together, the British international has hinted he might be securing the service of another top name in the game as his new coach.

Speaking with BBC, Murray says “It doesn’t have to be, but it’s definitely possible it could be an ex-player’’

He said coaches who had played at the very top can “help around the Slams, in the big moments, the big matches”.

They’ve been there and done it and they understand that,” he added.

Murray said he was unlikely to appoint a new coach before the French Open, which starts on 22 May.

Prior to Mauresmo, Murray, 28, worked with Ivan Lendl, who guided him to US Open, Wimbledon and Olympic success

ANDY MURRAY COULD OPT FOR A BIG-NAME COACH

Lendl, who won eight Grand Slam singles titles, worked with Murray for just over two years before the partnership ended in 2014.

In that time, Murray became Olympic champion in 2012 before claiming his first Grand Slam – the US Open – later that year.

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Murray is playing at the Italian Open this week but will begin the process of finding a replacement immediately, through talks with his team and via agents.

 

ANDY MURRAY COULD OPT FOR A BIG-NAME COACH
Amelie Mauresmo with Murray

He recently brought in former player and long-time friend Jamie Delgado to work with him for 35 to 40 weeks of the year, but he still wants a head coach for 25 weeks of the season.

“There’s a week after the French Open finishes and before Queen’s, so possibly at Queen’s I could try something out,” Murray said.

“I’m not going into a full-time relationship with a coach without having tested it and trialled it.

“I’ve done that with all of my coaches over the years and you do need a bit of time on the court together to see how the practice and the communication is going.”

Having spent just one week together since the Australian Open in January, Murray said his partnership with Mauresmo “just wasn’t working”.

After teaming up with the former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, 36, at Queen’s Club in June 2014, Murray’s ranking dropped to a low of 12 before rising to a career-high of two.

He also won his first clay-court titles in an impressive run last spring but failed to add to his two Grand Slam titles.

“Although I didn’t win a major while working with her, I got back up to number two in the world and had a positive time,” he said.

It wasn’t perfect, obviously we would have loved to have won a Grand Slam, but some good things happened as well.”

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ANDY MURRAY COULD OPT FOR A BIG-NAME COACH