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Former world No 1 Ivan Lendl shows interest in becoming Briton Andy Murray’s coach

Ivan Lendl has shown an interest in becoming Andy Murray’s coach, with the former world No 1 and winner of eight grand slam titles intrigued by the Scot’s disintegrating form and what he must do to win a grand slam. It is understood that Lendl, who is casting around for someone to coach, has already made informal contact with Murray’s advisers, and that could lead to serious discussions.

A grandee of the sport, who has such force of personality, and who would take no nonsense from Murray, Lendl could prove to be a fine coach for Britain’s world No 5, especially as he lost his first four appearances in grand slam finals before going on to win every major apart from the Wimbledon Championships.

Andy Murray split with part-time coaching consultant Alex Corretja and will try to halt the worst skid of his career. The fifth-ranked Murray has worked with Corretja since 2008 in a bid to improve his clay-court game, but the pair have mutually agreed to end their relationship. The Scottish player is heading into the clay-court season after getting knocked out in opening matches at Rotterdam, Indian Wells and Miami.

 

Murray’s problems can all be routed back to January’s Australian Open when he lost to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the third time he had finished as the runner-up at a slam. So Lendl would have the relevant experience to help him. If Lendl does end up sitting in the front row of Murray’s guest boxes around the circuit, he would become the joint most successful former player of modern times to coach someone at the highest level, the other being Jimmy Connors, also a winner of eight slams, who used to mentor his fellow American Andy Roddick.

Born behind the Iron Curtain in what was then Czechoslovakia, Lendl was often caricatured in Eighties Britain as a Cold War ‘baddy’, yet the 51 year-old, who took up American citizenship, could now become the second most important man in British tennis.

 

 

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