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Andy Murray to step up hunt for new coach after Slam woe

By Paul Newman

The treadmill rarely stops for the world's best players and it will only be a day or two before Andy Murray digs out his grass-court shoes again.

Having lost to Novak Djokovic in the French Open final on Sunday, the Scot begins the defence of his Aegon Championship title at Queen's Club next week. With Wimbledon starting in three weeks, Murray will be grateful that the All England Club moved their tournament back a week in the calendar last year.

Before that extension of the grass-court season, there were occasions when Rafael Nadal would be practising on the first day at Queen's just 24 hours after winning at Roland Garros.

Murray will now give more thought to his coaching situation following his parting with Amelie Mauresmo last month.

In working with Ivan Lendl, Murray set a trend for players appointing big-name coaches to work with them only at the biggest tournaments while an assistant - in Lendl's case Dani Vallverdu - travelled on a year-round basis.

Milos Raonic has even brought in John McEnroe during the grass-court season alongside his regular coaches, Carlos Moya and Riccardo Piatti.

McEnroe was touted as a possible replacement for Lendl before Murray appointed Mauresmo two years ago.

The American said he would have been interested in talking to Murray this time around but added: "I don't recall ever getting a call. When you look at someone who's that good, you're always interested. It depends on what type of commitment you're talking about and for how long. There was never any discussion. I never heard from anyone."

Nadal, meanwhile, is nursing the wrist injury which forced him to pull out of the French Open after his second match. He has withdrawn from the Aegon Championships and must be a serious doubt for Wimbledon.

Roger Federer's participation at the All England Club was also in question after he missed the French Open because of an ongoing back problem, but the Swiss is returning to competition this week in Stuttgart.

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