Andy Murray is eager to get the search underway for a new coach following his exploits in the Italian Open this week, after splitting with coach Amelie Mauresmo on Monday. The world number three plans to begin working with them during the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club and is most certainly open to the idea of working with former coach Ivan Lendl.
Murray enjoyed the most successful period of his career while under the watchful eye of the Czech, who won eight Grand Slam singles titles himself. Lendl was the Brit’s head coach from 2012 to 2014, a time during which he won Olympic Gold, his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open and celebrated his iconic triumph at Wimbledon in the summer of 2013.
When asked about a potential reunion, Murray told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Sure, I’d certainly consider it. I had fantastic results working with Ivan. Both of us enjoyed it enough to at least consider that. Whether or not it’s something that can work I’m not sure, I’ll have to wait and see but I’m not against that idea at all.”
While Murray has opted to work with coaches who put a heavier emphasis on the technical side of the game of late, including working with Jamie Delgado and his brother Jamie Murray’s coach Louis Cayer, the world number three told Sky Sports that working with a supercoach could be beneficial.
“The thing with the top players, the supercoaches, is that experience around the major events and the big matches, understanding the stress and pressure and how to deal with that. Passing on their experiences is something I’ve benefited from over the last few years with my last few coaches.
“But I made some technical changes on my serve over the last couple of months and that’s made a huge difference to my game and taken my game up a level. The ex-players don’t tend to be technical coaches so it’s tough to pick.”
While Murray ponders over this decision he continues to march on in Rome, following a straight sets victory over Jeremy Chardy in the third round 6-0, 6-4. The world number three will be keen to make a decision on his next coach soon due to a very busy period in the tennis schedule coming up this summer, including Roland Garros, Queen’s, Wimbledon, a Davis Cup quarterfinal tie with Serbia and the defense of his Olympic title in Rio.