Andy Murray could name new coach in next few weeks
Last Updated: 24/05/14 1:51pm
Andy Murray: Weighing up a possible successor to Ivan Lendl
Andy Murray is expected to name his new coach before Wimbledon after revealing he held talks with a possible successor to Ivan Lendl.
The Scot parted company with Lendl in March and a number of names have been linked with the vacant post, including John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Larry Stefanki.
Murray has revealed that one person is in the frame, although no deal has yet been offered or agreed.
"I have met a lot of good people that I respect and listen to their opinions on the tennis tour. I'm not in a panic to get someone, but it's a lot closer than it was."
Murray on new coach
"I've thought about it a lot, I've spoken to them and I'll see," he told BBC Sport. "There's always a few complications but as long as the desire from both people is to work together then hopefully it can happen soon."
An announcement is unlikely to happen during the French Open, which starts on Sunday, but he could confirm his new coach in time for the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club in two weeks' time.
There is no rush for Murray to make a decision as Dani Vallverdu, his long-time friend and a valued assistant to Lendl, is alongside him, and he can call upon Darren Cahill, who has helped him out between coaches before.
"I wouldn't expect anything over the next few days, obviously," he said.
"(It'll be) whenever it's right, basically. For me, it's not about rushing into something. It's about getting it right, getting the right person. Until that's the case, I'll keep doing what I'm doing with the guys I'm working with.
"There are also people that I can speak to about things. I have met a lot of good people that I respect and listen to their opinions on the tennis tour. I'm not in a panic to get someone, but it's a lot closer than it was."
Murray begins his campaign in Paris against big-hitting Andrey Golubev and
knows he faces difficult task against the Kazakh.
"I played him in the finals of St Petersburg quite a while ago when he was just coming through," Murray said. "He's obviously been playing on the tour pretty much ever since then.
"He's had some good wins. He's a very dangerous player, big forehand, goes for his shots. He doesn't hold back. When he's on, he's a very tough guy to beat."
Murray will be joined in the draw by James Ward, who became the first British man to survive qualifying at Roland Garros since John Lloyd in 1973.