Andy Murray is set to kick-off his search for a new coach during a short break from tennis after what has been a tough start to the season.

According to the Daily ExpressMurray is looking for an experienced coach to replace Ivan Lendl and Bob Brett could be a contender.

Australian Brett has spent 24 years coaching on the ATP circuit; Grand Slam winners such as Boris Becker and Goran Ivanišević have benefited from his teaching as well as the likes of Andriy Medvedev, Mario Ančić and Marin Čilić. 

Brett and countryman Roger Rasheed - who has worked with Lleyton Hewitt and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - were reportedly in the frame before the British no.1 appointed Lendl at the end of 2011.

Murray and the 54-year-old Czechoslovakian coach enjoyed great success together before parting in March.

The Scottish star shared a record of losing his first four Grand Slam finals with Lendl before he broke the duck and stormed to the US Open title in 2012 and last year's Wimbledon crown - the first Brit to win the open in 77 years.

After back surgery cut short the 26-year-old's season short in 2013, Murray has endured a tough year to date and he will now take a break whilst he irons out his future coach.

2014 has proved fruitless in terms of titles won this far.

Murray also carried Great Britain's hopes at the Davis Cup quarter-finals against Italy, and despite winning in two of his three rubbers, the world no.8 - who has fallen in the rankings - came unstuck against Fabio Fognini where a win would've sewn up a spot in the semis. GB went on to lose 3-2 in Naples.

“I’m not playing until Madrid,” said Murray following the Davis Cup elimination.

“I don’t know exactly how long I will take off but I need to let my body recover.

“Although I maybe haven’t won as many matches as in previous years, that doesn’t mean that when you’re at the tournaments you’re not practising every day and preparing for those events.

“I’ve played a lot of tennis this year. With the Davis Cup as well, that’s an extra couple of weeks. I also played in Rotterdam, another week. Acapulco was straight through into Miami, so it has been quite a long start to the year for me.”

The Madrid Masters event starts at the beginning of May and it will provide vital practice on the clay for the second major of the year at Roland Garros. He certainly needs it given his straight-sets working over by Fognini in Naples.

The French Open is Murray's least favourite major event - such is his relative lack of success on the surface - it is the only Grand Slam in which he hasn't reached at least the final. A semi-final appearance in 2011 is as good as it has got.

As usual, world no.1 Rafael Nadal - dubbed 'The King Of Clay' - will be expected to romp to victory in France, and indeed all the clay events he enters.

The 27-year-old has won a record eight of the nine French Open's he has entered. Only once has he been beaten in Paris.

Murray will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes before the grass season begins and he has the chance to defend his Wimbledon title in June and July.

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