9/19/10 1:49 PM | Johan Lindahl
With Andy Murray currently pondering his choice for a new coach, American uber-mentor Nick Bollettieri has offered to work with the Scot in hope of helping Murray break through for a Grand Slam title.
Florida-based Bollettieri revealed his scheme to British media, counting on his past work with Andre Agassi, Boris Becker and Jim Courier to make sure his reputation precedes him. Murray, fourth in the world, has come up short in two Grand Slam title matches, losing both to Roger Federer, including January's Australian Open.
"At this stage of my career there are very few players I would like to take on, but Andy is one of them", the 78-year-old Bollettieri told London's Daily Mail. "I really like him as a person and he has got all the tools. It would be fascinating to coach him."
Murray has taken knocks for a sour personality short on positive emotion during matches. The effervescent Bollettieri would look to change all of that.
"Andy’s a special individual, like Boris and Andre, and maybe the coach needs to be a character, too," said the Italian-American. "My feeling is that he needs to favour his forehand more and use it as a hammer."
"I’m not sure you can win a Grand Slam now playing from too far behind the baseline - it gives your opponent too much time." Murray split with fellow Scot Miles MacLagan in July after another disappointing effort at Wimbledon.
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