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Murray closing in on new coach

Updated: Saturday, 24 May 2014 11:22 | Comments

Andy Murray hopes to have a new coach in place by Wimbledon
Andy Murray hopes to have a new coach in place by Wimbledon

Andy Murray seems certain to have a new coach in place for the defence of his Wimbledon title after revealing he has held talks with the person he would like to replace Ivan Lendl.

The two-time grand slam champion began his search in earnest early last month after the announcement in March that his hugely successful two-year partnership with Lendl had ended.

Many names have been linked with the post, ranging from high-profile figures like John McEnroe and Mats Wilander to well-respected coaches Bob Brett and Larry Stefanki.

Key for Murray will have been the amount of time the candidates were prepared to commit to the role, which was the insurmountable obstacle that caused Lendl to step away and which almost certainly rules out McEnroe.

Brett and Roger Rasheed have been considered by Murray in the past but the latter's successful partnership with Grigor Dimitrov means he is not a contender this time.

Murray confirmed one name is now in the frame, although no deal has yet been offered or agreed.

The Scot told the BBC: "I've thought about it a lot, I've spoken to them and I'll see.

"There's always a few complications but as long as the desire from both people is to work together then hopefully it can happen soon."

Nothing is likely to happen during the French Open, which begins on Sunday, but the announcement could come in time for the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club in two weeks' time.

There is no immediate hurry given Murray has Dani Vallverdu, his long-time friend and a valued assistant to Lendl, alongside him and can also call on the expertise of Darren Cahill, who has helped him out between coaches before.

Murray said: "I wouldn't expect anything over the next few days, obviously.

"(It'll be) whenever it's right, basically. For me, it's not about rushing into something. It's about getting it right, getting the right person. Until that's the case, I'll keep doing what I'm doing with the guys I'm working with.

"There are also people that I can speak to about things. I have met a lot of good people that I respect and listen to their opinions on the tennis tour. I'm not in a panic to get someone, but it's a lot closer than it was."

Murray begins his campaign in Paris against Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev and he will have rare company in the men's draw after James Ward became the first British man to survive qualifying at Roland Garros since John Lloyd in 1973.

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