Tennis - Murray wants new coach before French Open

Andy Murray has said that he wants to appoint a new coach before he heads to Paris for the French Open.

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Britain's Andy Murray looks on as he prepares to serve (Reuters)

The current Wimbledon champion split from coach Ivan Lendl in March and has, so far, been unable to replace the former Czech star.

26-year-old Murray ended his two-year relationship with Lendl having won his first two Grand Slams, but stated that his coach could not offer the time required to take his career further.

The Scot said that he would take his time deciding on a new coach, but, after being unable to help Great Britain advance to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup, declared that he would like to have someone in place before he heads to Paris ahead of the year’s second Slam.

“In an ideal world I would have someone in place before the French Open. That would be ideal for me, but things don’t always work out perfectly,” Murray said.

“So, I need to think about it over the next 10 days or two weeks and really think about exactly what I want and what I need, and then go out and try and find the right person. But it’s not always simple.”

It seemed that Murray was close to appointing a new coach at the turn of the month, but, in typical style – having tricked the world about proposing to girlfriend Kim Sears this time last year – the Brit took to Twitter to announce who he would link up with, only for it to be an elaborate April Fool’s joke.

Murray is now focusing on bringing a new member in to his team, but has revealed it is not a simple process.

“It’s like when a football team try and find the perfect manager. The managers don’t always want to do it. It’s not as simple as picking the first person that comes to your head,” he continued.

“You need to think really hard about it, and they also need to be really keen on doing it, keen on the travel and doing enough weeks – which, of course, not everyone is keen on travelling for 30 weeks per year.”

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