The world’s most celebrated tennis coach has declared that he would love to step in and try to help Andy Murray achieve his lifetime dream of winning a Grand Slam title.
Nick Bollettieri, believes he could take the world No 4 the extra step.
Bollettieri’s willingness to help Murray flies in the face of speculation that big-name coaches would be reluctant to take on the headstrong 23-year-old Scot.
Murray is at home weighing up his long-term coaching options.
Bollettieri, an extraordinarily youthful 78, says, ‘At this stage of my career there are very few players I would like to take on, but Andy is one of them. I really like him as a person and he has got all the tools. It would be fascinating to coach him.’
Significantly, the veteran American mentor gets on well with Murray’s mother Judy. When the disappointed Murray camp returned to their Manhattan hotel last Sunday, Bollettieri was on hand.
Although he admires Murray’s part-time coaching consultant Alex Corretja, the Spaniard’s future is uncertain. The player declined to have Corretja around for his build-up to the Open and nosedived after his arrival. During Murray’s defeat by Stanislas Wawrinka, he could be seen mouthing abuse at Corretja.
The relentlessly positive Bollettieri said: ‘I would put Andy at the centre of it all and ask him exactly how he wants to achieve his goals. You have got to observe at first. With Boris (Becker), I didn’t say anything to him for the first three weeks.
‘Andy’s a special individual, like Boris and Andre (Agassi), and maybe the coach needs to be a character, too. My feeling is that he needs to favour his forehand more and use it as a hammer.
‘I’m not sure you can win a Grand Slam now playing from too far behind the baseline – it gives your opponent too much time.’