Former king of Wimbledon, Connors insists: I'd make Murray a champion
[Mail, 2 April]
... Andy's still a kid, and his best years are in front of him, even though he has already been in the final of the US Open, and two finals at the Australian Open,' he said. 'But it's important for Andy to understand that you have to grasp - grab - those chances when they come as there's no knowing when they come around again. If you don't take advantage of them, before you know it your time has run out. I began watching his Australian Open final against Djokovic, but I admit I turned off the television. A few things I saw made me think the match was over in the first five or six games...'
... Murray's exasperation as another major final turned against him, after playing superb tennis in his six previous matches, surfaced that evening in Melbourne through his tendency, in times of stress, to round on those supporting him. Connors said: 'If I'd done that once, I might have been forgiven; if I'd done it again, the place would have been empty. Once you're on the court, you're by yourself. Champions embrace that, figure it out and get the job done. The reality is that Andy is one of the few players with the ability to change his game.' ...
... 'I never wanted to retire and be left thinking, "what if?",' he said. 'I always believed that if you want something you have to do it now, because a career can end in a millisecond. I'm not looking for a gig, not soliciting business, but if I'm involved with anyone I'm not interested in rankings, I'm interested in winning.'
He brought that philosophy to Roddick, and during their 21-month alliance from the summer of 2006 the American rediscovered his zest to make the US Open final after just weeks together.
Connors said: 'If I learned a lot, one thing never changed - if I'm involved, with my reputation on the line, there's no messing around. It's a serious business. If it's Andy Roddick, or Andy Murray, I'd want him to win more. That's what I put into anything I do. Tennis is not rocket science. A couple of tweaks would make a world of difference to Andy. But unless he's willing to listen, it'd be no good.
Full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1372743/Former-king-Wimbledon-Jimmy-Connors-insists-Id-make-Andy-Murray-champion.html
Fine words, but according to the same article 'Larry Stefanki, currently with a fading Roddick, is said to be on Murray's shortlist of candidates. Yet respected broadcaster Cahill ... remains top of the British star's list to join him.' And I don't know how anyone else feels about Connors, but I think he has the potential to overwhelm Murray. What Andy seems to need, to me anyway, is an iron hand in a velvet glove approach.