11 April 2014

Murray wants coach by French Open

davis-cupAndy Murray will begin the search for a coach to replace Ivan Lendl on Wednesday and hopes to have someone in place by next month’s French Open.
The Briton, whose partnership with Lendl ended last month, says he does not want to “rush [the process] and make a mistake”.
Murray, 26, next plans to play at the Madrid Masters, which begins on 5 May.
“The plan is to think exactly what I need over the next week, two weeks,” Murray told BBC Sport.

“There’s a lot of factors you need to look at and I would hope I would have someone in place by the French Open, but I don’t want to rush it.
“I don’t want to get someone just because they’ve won a lot of tournaments or were great players.”
Murray and Lendl enjoyed a hugely successful two-year period together in which the Scot won Olympic gold followed by the US Open and Wimbledon titles.
Since having back surgery last September, Murray has slipped to eighth in the world rankings, and he will need to perform well over the clay-court season if he is to get back near the top four – and the higher seeding that brings – by the time he defends his Wimbledon title in June.

“Tim [Henman] and Greg [Rusedski] were both in the top 10 at one time, I think, and they didn’t manage to win a match in the World Group and they were a great doubles team as well,” said Murray.
“That shows how difficult it is to win at that level, even when you have top singles players, so to expect to win the competition for us would have been unrealistic.


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