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How will Andy Murray fare without a coach at Monte Carlo?

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British number one Andy Murray stole the hearts of the nation last summer, ending the 77 year wait for a a home grown Wimbledon champion, which lasted since the days of Fred Perry.

The first Grand Slam of the new season is approaching fast though, with the French Open at Monte Carlo getting under way next month. Murray had lost four finals in his previous Grand Slams before Ivan Lendl took charge of the Scot in 2011. It took just one year for him to have an impact, winning his maiden major title in the US Open in December 2012.

Despite winning Wimbledon last year to claim his second trophy, Murray has never reached the final of the clay based Grand Slam, struggling in previous years. The 26-year-old has named next month's Open as his deadline for a new coach and if that deadline passes, it will be interesting to see how the Brit fares going into the competition.

An April fools tweet proved to be just that, with many thinking the wait was over. Murray remains 8th in the ATP men's rankings with clay king Rafa Nadal leading the way ahead of fierce rival Novak Djokovic, both of whom have produced some pulsating tennis over the last 12 months.

Nadal will surely be favourite going into the contest, but if Murray has not got a coach by then, his progress will be well documented. Few possibilities have been listed and not much news has come out of his camp. Even if a coach is put in place in the near future, it is hard to see them having enough time to make a real difference and improve the Scot's form on clay.

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