Yep, it was an April Fools. Thanks to Judy Murray for Tweeting about it
. - Ed
Andy Murray has ended all speculation over his future coach, with Barry Cowan set to be unveiled at a hastily arranged press conference at Miami's Crandon Park at 11am EST.
Today's announcement will put to an end rumours of exotic liaisons with some of the game's great luminaries, such as Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors, who had both been quick to put their names into the frame.
Cowan, 36, best known for taking Pete Sampras to five sets at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, will start work immediately alongside the other members of Team Murray – fitness trainer Jez Green, conditioning coach Matt Little, physio Andy Ireland and hitting partner Dani Vallverdu.
Since retiring from the game in 2002, the year after he took Sampras to five sets, Cowan has forged a remarkable career as a TV commentator and pundit, working in the Sky Sports studios alongside former pros Peter Fleming, Mark Petchey, Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft.
Cowan is known to be a big believer in the psychological side of the game, an approach he's widely expected to explore with Murray.
"When I took Sampras to five close sets at Wimbledon that time, I sought the help of a psychologist before the match," says Cowan. "I was advised to listen to You'll Never Walk Alone during the changeovers, while mentally substituting the lyrics You'll Never Play Him Again. Five tight sets. It was boss, like."
Although Murray has publicly welcomed the new appointment, friends say that yesterday's attempts to fashion a crude but workable noose from his shoelaces could indicate doubt.