Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Wimbledon: New coach will help Andy return: Wade

Changing direction: Amelie Mauresmo and Andy Murray have plenty of thinking to do after the Scot’s final eight exit
Changing direction: Amelie Mauresmo and Andy Murray have plenty of thinking to do after the Scot’s final eight exit

Virginia Wade is sure Andy Murray can bounce back after his quarter-final Wimbledon exit – but has questioned whether Amelie Mauresmo should stay on as his coach.

This tournament was his first grand slam working with France's 2006 Wimbledon winner Mauresmo, who he appointed as successor to Ivan Lendl only the previous month.

Wade said pre-Wimbledon that she thought Murray's decision to hire Mauresmo was a joke and was struggling to understand the logic behind it.

Former Wimbledon champion Wade said: "I think it was very optimistic to think she (Mauresmo) could have an impact in a couple of weeks before a major tournament.

"I feel that he learned so much from Lendl that it is not that essential that he actually has somebody telling him what to do.

"He needs to implement all that himself. He has a great team around him, so possibly he was better just doing the thinking himself.

"I'm not 100% sure about that, because I know that he has people in his team that are very good tennis people.

"But unless he can find the right person to be his coach, I think he is better off to fight a bit on his own and assimilate all of the stuff he has heard from Lendl and from his own experience, and work on that."

She added: "I think if the Amelie relationship is going well, absolutely keep her on.

"But I think it was really worrying for him, the last few months with all the speculation which certainly was worrying for all of us, that a decision could not be made – that he did not know who was likely to be there.

"If he can continue with Amelie, I think that would be great, but I'm still saying that he is master of his own fate in so many ways."

Murray, who won the US Open and Wimbledon under Lendl, is facing a significant drop down the rankings but Wade is confident the 27-year-old Scot will soon be rising again.

"He is just too good a player to stick around at number 10," Wade said.

"I honestly thought he was likely to win the tournament again when I was watching him play. Some of his tennis was absolutely brilliant.

"I think his game is all there and it is just a matter of him getting himself back.

"I think he was in a bit of a defensive mode this whole year.

"I just really do believe that – that it was almost too much for him to handle the thought of having to dig that deep to win again at Wimbledon.

"I think it was hanging over him like a black cloud the whole time.

"So I think maybe now, as long as he gets a bit of a break and can have a fresh start... he is one hell of a player – he is unbelievable, so he is up there in the top half-dozen all the time."

Mauresmo has returned to France for a holiday and it is unclear whether she would be willing to commit to a four-week block of training with Murray in Miami before his next tournament in Toronto from August 6.

The 35-year-old must also honour her commitments as captain of the French Fed Cup team, which would take her away from Murray for around two months each year.

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