Andy Murray has set the French Open as his target for when he hopes to have appointed a new coach.

The Wimbledon champion has been playing without a coach since parting with Ivan Lendl in March, who helped lead him to tournament victories at the London Olympics and the US Open in 2012, before triumphing at SW19 in 2013.

There has not been a definitive candidate as yet to succeed Lendl, and Murray is planning to think carefully and take his time before making a decision.

“The plan is to think exactly what I need over the next week, two weeks,” he said at the launch of the Aegon Tennis Championships at Queen’s club, which take place in June.

"There's a lot of factors you need to look at and I would hope I would have someone in place by the French Open, but I don't want to rush it.

Lendl won seven Grand Slams himself as a player, and it was believed it was that experience that helped give Murray the belief that he too could produce his best form at Grand Slam tournaments.

However, the 27-year-old is not planning on appointing a new coach based on their name alone.

He said: "I don't want to get someone just because they've won a lot of tournaments or were great players.

"[A new coach] needs to be the right fit for you and they need to get on well with your team too, because otherwise it's very hard to make it work.”

Should the Scot meet his target and have a new mentor in place by the time Roland Garros begins on May 25th, the new man for the job will be aiming to improve his record at the tournament, as he has only reached the semi-final of the tournament on one occasion, which was in 2011,

He also opted not to play at the tournament in Paris last year due to a back injury, so his ranking points total will increase after the clay court event, which could take pressure off a new coach at that time.

The second Grand Slam of the year will cap off the clay court season, and Murray is also due to play at Masters Series events in Madrid and Rome before then.

It has been a troublesome year for the British number one, as he is yet to make the final of a singles tournament, and his world ranking has fallen to eighth.

His form has not drastically improved since the split with Lendl, having exited at the quarter-final stage of the Sony Open in Miami after losing to Novak Djokovic and losing to Italian Fabio Fognini in a crucial singles rubber in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

Murray is confident that he can now devote more time to deciding who is best placed to take over the role.

"It's going to be an exciting few weeks because getting a new coach can make big differences, as you saw with Ivan,” he said.


"Since I've finished with Ivan, I've played a tournament in Miami and then went pretty much straight to Davis Cup, and I haven't really sat down and thought about what I think my future holds.

"So that's what I need to do over the next couple of weeks and then hopefully find the right person."

Murray also played down Great Britain’s loss to Italy in the Davis Cup last week, stressing how well the team had done to make it to the last eight of the competition.


He added: "Tim [Henman] and Greg [Rusedski] were both in the top 10 at one time, I think, and they didn't manage to win a match in the World Group and they were a great doubles team as well," said Murray.

"That shows how difficult it is to win at that level, even when you have top singles players, so to expect to win the competition for us would have been unrealistic.

"But this last three, four years, has been an incredible run when you think where we started from."

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