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Thursday 18 September 2014

Andy Murray committed to long-term deal with Mauresmo

Seeing progress: Andy Murray is happy with Amelie Mauresmo

A long-term deal appears to be imminent, but for the moment Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo are continuing to take their coaching relationship one Grand Slam tournament at a time.

Murray, who initially asked Mauresmo to coach him on a trial basis during the grass-court season, has now agreed to continue with their arrangement through to the end of his north American hard-court campaign, though he insists he wants to work with her "for longer than post-US Open, for sure".

Murray returns to competition in his first tournament since Wimbledon at this week's Toronto Masters, which will feature all the top names in the men's game with the exception of Rafael Nadal, who has a wrist injury.

The Cincinnati Masters follows next week, with the year's final Grand Slam tournament, the US Open, beginning on August 25.

Although a long-term contract has yet to be agreed, Murray expects to be working with Mauresmo for the foreseeable future.

There had been some dissatisfaction among Murray's entourage over his failure to consult them on Mauresmo's initial recruitment, which was announced a fortnight before the start of Wimbledon.

Dani Vallverdu, a long-time friend of Murray's who had worked closely with Ivan Lendl during the latter's time as the Scot's coach, was reported to have been particularly put out by his lack of involvement.

However, Mauresmo worked alongside the rest of Murray's team during his winter training camp in Miami and it is understood that the world No 9 and the Frenchwoman both want the arrangement to become long-term. One reason for the delay in finalising an agreement could be Mauresmo's other commitments.

"We've agreed to work together and I think from both sides we're willing to make it work long-term," Murray said.

"I really enjoy working with her. She's helped me a lot. She integrated well, it's been a good start. Now it's about producing.

"I sat down with her after Wimbledon. We made a plan for the next few months, in the build-up to the US Open. Dani and Amelie will both be there at the US Open.

"That's the plan for now, but I plan on working with her for longer than post-US Open, for sure."

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