Reports: Lendl offers to coach Murray

Mon, 28 Mar 10:22:00 2011

Former world number one Ivan Lendl has offered to coach Andy Murray, according to widespread reports in the British media.

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Lendl, the winner of eight Grand Slam titles, is believed to have contacted Murray's advisors asking to meet with the struggling Scot.

The Czech-born American seems the ideal person to identify with Murray's current struggles.

During his career, Lendl lost his first four Grand Slam finals before finally going on to win his eight majors, with Wimbledon, where he was a beaten finalist twice, being the only Slam he failed to capture.

Murray has been in two Australian Open finals and one US Open decider - but failed to win so much as a set in the best-of-five contests.

The 23-year-old is in the midst of an alarming slump in form which has seen him crash out of the recent Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami to unheralded Americans Donald Young and Alex Bogomolov Jr respectively.

Murray, who has been coached by Mark Petchey, Brad Gilbert and Miles Maclagan in the past, is currently without a full-time coach.

He employs Alex Corretja as a part-time consultant and has a travelling companion in friend Dani Vallverdu.

Former world number one Roger Federer, now number three in the rankings, has sympathised with Murray's current difficulties.

"I struggled hugely when I was between 19 and 23, so for it to happen once in a while, I don't think it's that much of a worry," he said.

"It's important he picks it up before the French (Open) and Wimbledon but he's too good a player to continue like this, so he'll be all right."


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