• Potential Murray coaching deal with Lendl apparently not to be

    3/31/11 1:15 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Potential Murray coaching deal with Lendl apparently not to be Reports on a possible coaching link between Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray appear to have been shot down after British media speculation, with Murray's management saying there has is no deal brewing between the two sides.

    No. 5 Murray will soon be struggling to hold onto that elite ranking after the slump he's endured since losing a second-straight Australian Open, dropping his next four matches and failing to win a set since late January.

    But XIX Entertainment say the Scot is not chasing former great Lendl to come aboard and guide his team. Murray announced a split this week with part-time advisor Alex Corretja of Spain after a three-year run. He also announced that Venezuelan best friend Dani Vellverdu - once ranked 727 - would now take over as coach after playing a hitting partner role on Team Murray.

    But that appears to be the extent of any coaching movements for a player who has been without a serious mentor since last summer.

    Boris Becker has, of course, expressed an opinion, saying that the slumping Scot needs help: "I really hope that Andy has accepted that he needs an experienced coach, and that he needs help with his game. He is in crisis now and he requires some crisis management," the Wimbledon-based German told British media.

    The tennis world has been on the case of Murray and his coach-less state, with suggestions coming from all over the charts. Even his elder brother Jamie admits his sibling needs to "lower the guard and appoint a new coach. Andy could do with some advice from the right person."

    Besides Lendl, who has been out of the game for two decades and has never coached, other names in the mix include Mats Wilander, John McEnroe and Pat Cash, all of whom have professed an interest in taking on any potential job with Murray.

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cahill or stefanki...maybe both ;) but doubt it.

frankly i'd lke to see him left alone. i'm sure he'll sort something out...ok i hope he will...soon! c'mon andy! they're never gonna leave you alone so get your act together. you're killing poor deuce. oh wait, i think deuce has switched to a serbian's bandwagon ;)

homos , 3/31/11 4:56 PM

homos..... well up here on the Nole bandwagon the view is especially pleasing ;)
I actually think someone WILL be appointed. Am so nervous, feel this is IT ! Lendl wasn't right though - a baseliner, Andy doesn't need more of that, no coaching experience and always thought he was a bit dour. I think Norman would be perfect, look what he did for Sod.

deuce , 3/31/11 5:12 PM

Nole has finally reached his prime and starts fulfilling his potential. Delpo is slowly but steadily finding his game and I think by end of the year, he should be back to his 100%. I'm waiting for Murray to find his game and fulfill his potential. See how well he played against Fed in Shanghai and against Rafa in O2 last year? I can't believe his game has gone down so much that he can't even get past the first/second round. I'm still waiting to see a 100% Murray vs this new improved Nole. Their AO duel was a disappointment, for the wrong Murray turned up to play. The Murray of Shanghai 2010 vs this new Nole should be interesting.

I really don't know which coach will suit Murray. Raonic and Dolgo seem to have the right coach and see how well they are doing now? I wonder who can really help Murray. Even Kohl seemed to have improved under Miles coaching, and Sod has good results with Pistolesi; Stan also showing marked improvement under Lundgren. Too bad, I think Norman isn't available as I think he isn't prepared to travel again.

luckystar , 3/31/11 7:28 PM

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