Murray unveils Cowan as new coach

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Update: 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.
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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 dissatisfaction.
Is that all he's famous for? Taking a great player to 5 sets in a game which I assume he lost? Is he going to be any good Nigel?
April 01, 2011, 07:43 AM
By Caz

Is that all he's famous for? Taking a great player to 5 sets in a game which I assume he lost? Is he going to be any good Nigel?

Personally, I have my doubts. So does Murray, but his mum's all for it, which is the key factor.
April 01, 2011, 07:44 AM
By Grabcopy

Nice try, Nigel. lol
April 01, 2011, 08:02 AM
By Clydey

The ideal coach for Andy for sure, can't see any problems there.  Wink
April 01, 2011, 08:05 AM
By Katie

After choking on my coffee I remembered what day it was!! Good one guys!!!
April 01, 2011, 08:06 AM
By Mollym


"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."
 

 lmao lmao lmao lmao lmao lmao

So, we're going to see Murray with an earpiece between sets instead of reading a book a la Jim Courier ...


April 01, 2011, 08:06 AM
By Daisy

Dunno about this. Ladbrokes are already offering good odds that it won't last.
April 01, 2011, 08:08 AM
By matchpoint

Epic. Nice one, Nigel.
April 01, 2011, 08:12 AM
By boogers

Delicious!  A real smiley! 'Sposing it's true? Whistle
April 01, 2011, 08:25 AM
By janscribe

LOL....Barry Cowan just came in his pants....
April 01, 2011, 08:30 AM
By scotsgeek28

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