Andy Murray ponders his next coach during break from tournament play

Last Updated: 09/04/14 11:40am

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Andy Murray says that he'd like to have a new coach in place for the French Open.

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Andy Murray has revealed that he will take a month's break from the ATP Tour as he prepares to meet his support team on Wednesday to discuss who he should employ as his next coach.

The Wimbledon champion ended his two-year partnership with Ivan Lendl last month and wants someone in place before the French Open at the end of May.

He is not due to play a tournament until Madrid next month, so will spend the time away from the court to consider who he wants to guide the next phase of his career.

"I'll definitely look at it over the next couple of weeks," said the Scot. "I don't plan on playing much tennis for the next week because I haven't had much time off this year.

"I'll definitely look into it and see which route I want to go down. Once you make a decision on who it is you want to approach, they need to be up for doing it and the amount of time it requires.


"I haven't spoken to any coaches yet, I haven't written down a list of people, but I've thought a little bit about it and we'll see what happens in the next few weeks.

"I'm sitting down with all the guys I work with tomorrow just to chat about things. I haven't wanted to talk about it or discuss it yet because it can be distracting."

Murray has suffered a difficult few months, with back surgery in September ruling him out for the rest of the year and his indifferent form on his return saw him drop to world No 8 last month - his lowest mark since before he reached his first grand slam final at the US Open in 2008.

"Things change almost weekly. Obviously the few months after Wimbledon were challenging in some ways because I was still trying to realise what had happened," he added.

"It was hard to concentrate on everything else - my training and the tournaments, my focus probably wasn't where it needed to be. Then I had the surgery and that knocked me back physically quite a lot.

"The last three months have been trying to build that up again, test my back out as much as possible. I think I'm getting close to where I need to be to come into this period of the year competing in the biggest events."


There is also the added complication of Murray's back issues, which were aggravated by playing on clay and caused him to miss the French Open last year.

The 26-year-old took the decision to have surgery last September and has been relatively happy with how his back has reacted so far, but he conceded it will never be perfect.

Murray, who was speaking at the launch of this year's AEGON Championships at Queen's Club, said: "I've always taken the French Open extremely seriously and that was why missing it last year was a really hard decision.

"My consistency in the slams has been solid over the last few years. I want to maintain that. Obviously the French is the only slam I haven't made the final of so that's something I would like to try to achieve before the end of my career.

"I've made the semis once and a couple of quarters so it's certainly not impossible but I'll definitely need to make some improvements.

"I have played really well on clay; I haven't played great tennis on clay, and when you're competing against the greatest clay-court player of all time (Rafael Nadal), and some guys that are just behind him, it's tough.

"To play great tennis on clay I need to get better and that takes time on the practice court and also playing matches. I didn't have that luxury last year. Hopefully this year I can stay fit and healthy and I can make some improvements."

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