Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Murray closing in on new coach

Name in frame: Andy Murray has held talks with coach

Andy Murray is close to appointing a new coach, having identified the person he wants to succeed Ivan Lendl.

The Wimbledon 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.

Murray confirmed he has one name in mind and he has held talks with that person, although no deal has yet been offered or agreed.

The Scot said: "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."

The French Open draw was a mixed bag for Murray, who will face Kazakh Andrey Golubev first up, with German-Jamaican Dustin Brown or Australian Marinko Matosevic potential second-round opponents.

From there it gets tougher. Talented German Philipp Kohlschreiber is the first seed he could meet in the third round while Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka is a potential quarter-final opponent and he is in the same half as reigning eight-time champion Rafael Nadal.

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