Andy Murray, British No1, world No5 and immensely talented tennis player, has just discarded another top coach as he seeks the formula that makes a Grand Slam final winner. But, in truth, to ascend the highest throne, Murray needs to take a long, hard look at himself. He must ask himself, for example, if he still needs his mother, Judy, around him. Could her presence be the key factor that is stopping him from ‘manning up’ and finding the mental fortitude to compete with great champions at the highest level? Boris Becker is just one among many who think cutting the apron strings might be a better move than changing coach yet again.“I don’t know why Andy prefers Judy close by,” he said. “I am not in the camp so I have no idea of what goes on, but is it right for her to be around so much? He needs to ditch her. Of course, it also depends on your personality and he hasn’t shown me he is mature enough to make his own decisions.” Let us be clear, Murray is no mummy’s boy. But perhaps he now needs to pursue a different path and move away from the influence of a driven parent. He is approaching his 24th birthday and needs to reset his game plan for the future. However, Becker is not convinced a coach will make the difference and believes Murray needs to take a more holistic look at his game. He said: “For me, it is strange Andy wishes to spend so much time with his mother in the team. Maybe it is a sign that he is still maturing. He should go it alone more and work with a coach who will be with him all the time. I was a Grand Slam champion at 17, with a coach who was by my side all the time. For Andy, it is obviously different but what he prefers is not usual.”The Murray team are close-knit and his mother is a big influence, not only as a key member but someone who can assemble scouting reports and work out tactical strategies. Crucially, though, while Judy is around, she also vets potential coaches – she is, for example, understood to question Lendl as an option, feeling that the Czech lacks experience and did not handle Wimbledon well as a player. What her son needs, though, is to take control of his own destiny, to make decisions for himself and to take ultimate responsibility for what happens to him on court – and off it.