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Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « on: March 28, 2011, 12:10 PM »
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Andy Murray has been approached by former world No 1 and multiple grand slam winner Ivan Lendl to discuss the potential of a coaching role, according to The Telegraph.

UPDATE - 29/03: Lendl not a contender, according to the BBC
BBC tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend says work on finding a new coach is continuing behind the scenes but says Ivan Lendl is not a contender.


It is understood that Lendl, who is casting around for someone to coach, has already made informal contact with Murray’s advisers, and that could lead to serious discussions.

A grandee of the sport, who has such force of personality, and who would take no nonsense from Murray, Lendl could prove to be a fine coach for Britain’s world No 5, especially as he lost his first four appearances in grand slam finals before going on to win every major apart from the Wimbledon Championships.


If Lendl does end up sitting in the front row of Murray’s guest boxes around the circuit, he would become the joint most successful former player of modern times to coach someone at the highest level, the other being Jimmy Connors, also a winner of eight slams, who used to mentor his fellow American Andy Roddick.

Jamie urges brother to seek new advice
I think he could do with some advice from the right person. He has got to four or five in the world and is good enough to go to the next level, but now he needs that something extra.

You have to let your guard down a bit. It has to be someone who he wants to listen to and trusts. It seems to have been hard for him to find so far in his career.
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Re: Ivan Lendl wants to coach Andy « Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011, 12:18 PM »
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Apparently, Andy is showing interest in this idea also. I agree David, good news if it happens - lets watch this space!
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Re: Ivan Lendl wants to coach Andy « Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 12:22 PM »
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This IMO, would be a great partnership.

Although one thing does concern me, does Andy have the personality to have a hard taskmaster as coach?
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Re: Ivan Lendl wants to coach Andy « Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 12:39 PM »
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This IMO, would be a great partnership.

Although one thing does concern me, does Andy have the personality to have a hard taskmaster as coach?

Don't think so.  Lendl was a workaholic ... somewhat similar to BG.  Also, Lendl is kind of dour, don't you think. 
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 12:59 PM »
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Finally!!!! yay yay yay  Really hope this plan go through, I don't know how more Andy can bear of his own sh*t.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #5 on: March 28, 2011, 01:07 PM »
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John McEnroe would be the best coach Andy could ever get, even on a part time basis.

Mac would teach Andy what he needs to know, and that is to play total tennis, command the net,
and be far more aggressive around the court than he is just now.

John McEnroe is the main man !
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 01:40 PM »
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If this partnership pushes through, this is going to be the best thing that will happen to Andy in 2 years! Although I still think it's still too early to say. Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed Smile

McEnroe will also be a good option.

On another note, Jamie just tweeted that with Sod's loss to DelPo in Miami, Andy is expected to go up to #4 again. Though I kinda find it a bit ironic considering he hasn't won a set since the AO finals. I guess not everyone is not as lucky as Nole is.

But really, all we can do is hope for the best. Come on guys, good vibes!
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 02:24 PM »
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Don't think so.  Lendl was a workaholic ... somewhat similar to BG.  Also, Lendl is kind of dour, don't you think.  

There personalities are more similiar than is widely reported, for example both are reported to be dour on court, whilst of it are very witty with dry senses of humour, both are very self depreciating. I also think Andy is a workaholic, maybe not as much as Ivan was. This could be exactly what Andy needs: Discipline. Ivan strikes me as a no nonsense type of guy. He's definately got the pedigree to coach Andy. Lets see what happens if and when they do get together. nervous nervous nervous
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #8 on: March 28, 2011, 03:39 PM »
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Lendl certainly has the pedigree for the job, it will all come down to whether Andy is at ease with him as a personality as they would obviously have to spend a considerable amount of time together. I must confess I disliked him as a player, mainly because he seemed cold and emotionless but a little bit of this might actually rub off on Andy in a positive way as Andy is prone to losing his focus during matches. I too would love McEnroe to coach Andy but I reckon Mac is content with his television work and his commitments in this area would probably prevent him from becoming involved. I heard that Magnus Norman isn't working with Soderling anymore..maybe he is another option? It's a big decision to make, if Andy gets it right we could be looking at a glittering spell in the next 2 or 3 years..here's hoping!
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #9 on: March 28, 2011, 03:40 PM »
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I hope Andy does get a coach soon. It is what he needs. However Correja his part time coach is there to help with play on clay which comes up next. We still live in hope. All tennis players do have a dip at times. Lets hope this dip will soon be over!
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #10 on: March 28, 2011, 03:55 PM »
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Apparently, Andy is showing interest in this idea also.

source?
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #11 on: March 28, 2011, 04:29 PM »
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Something tells me they wouldn't get on.........although he was sporting the lendl style adidas gear back in nov at the o2. Obviously respect there.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #12 on: March 28, 2011, 04:32 PM »
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source?

He just is, you cynic.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #13 on: March 28, 2011, 04:46 PM »
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I agree with psychological tennis. I was at many of Lendl's matches and his demeanour changed as soon as he stepped on court to play. If you watched him play now in the Champion's Tour matches you would see his fun side. The key to a relationship with Andy would be respect and Andy has already named Ivan as someone he admires greatly. Ivan is not a loudmouthed chatterbox like Gilbert and, in my mind, there is no comparison in terms of pedigree between them. I hope this happens - fingers and toes crossed also!
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #14 on: March 28, 2011, 04:47 PM »
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Regarding McInroe, I'm sure I heard him saying to Sue Barker that he had offered to coach Andy on a part-time basis but he hadn't received a reply. "I'm not holding my breath." he quipped. Ithink this was a few years ago.
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