7/21/12 5:27 AM | Johan Lindahl
Ivan Lendl will be keeping his distance as pupil Andy Murray competes in the London Olympics, with the coach watching proceedings at home in Connecticut.
Lendl, 52, spent the spring and early summer with his charge as Murray made it to the French Open semi-finals and the final of Wimbldon, where he lost to Roger Federer. Lendl, a keen golfer missed the cut by one stroke for an event in his home state this week at the Connecticut Open, will be advising Murray remotely as the Scot tries for cherished Olympic gold.
The pair will re-unite for next month's Toronto Masters 1000 and move through to the US Open.
Lendl believes that even though Murray failed to fulfill his Wimbledon title dream, he will have great public support when the Games tennis event is played at the All England club.
"If you can cope with what he dealt with at Wimbledon, I believe it makes it easier to handle what may come his way in other places," said Lendl. "Of course I wish his progress had been fuller and quicker, but things take time and we said the first time we met that change would not happen overnight."
Lendl said if his Wimbledon experience was anything to go on, the British public will be keen to support the local, who lives in nearby Surrey. “Even though I was rooting for him in all he did, it wasn’t the same for me," said the Czech-born coach. " I wasn’t born in Britain, I don’t live there.
"Andy has a British heart and I don't, so only he can properly describe what dealing with all of that is like."
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