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Andy Murray nearing decision on former Henman coach

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Andy Murray could be about to appoint Larry Stefanki as his new coach after missing out on first choice duo Tim Henman and Darren Cahill, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The British no.1 has been without a coach since parting ways with Ivan Lendl back in March, and he has previously said that he would like to have a replacement in place before the French Open which begins in a matter of weeks.

And now Murray, who is currently on a short break from the sport, could be about to link up with 56-year-old American coach Stefanki.

Stefanki only ever acheived a career ranking high of 35 in his playing career but his is more renowned as a coach.

He has a rich history of the coaching side after starting work with tennis legend John McEnroe in 1992, and he last worked with former US Open champion Andy Roddick in 2012.

Marcelo Rios, two-time Grand Slam winner Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Fernando Gonzalez and Henman himself have also been under the tutorship of the coach. 

Stefanki had the chance to coach Murray as a 19-year-old, but the Scottish star at the time chose Brad Gilbert.

Seven years later, the pair could begin to work with each other after Murray missed out on some of his priority targets.

Former British no.1 Henman, is happy with his role at the All England Club while Cahill, who has worked with Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, is also unavailable.

Cahill has worked with Murray before but he rejected Roger Federer in 2009, and therefore doesn't look like he will be making a return.

It looks as if Stefanki would be interested in the role though: “I’m not totally retired yet,” he said after spliting with Roddick, who retired.

“I still have that thing inside my soul to coach at the highest level. It’s in my blood. I like the challenge of someone challenging themselves.”

Murray enjoyed his best success to date working with Lendl. The 27-year-old lost his first four Grand Slam finals - a record he shared with Lendl - but he has since won twice.

Last summer he became the first British man in over 70 years to win Wimbledon. That followed US Open glory in 2012, and an Olympic gold medal at London that same year.

2014 has been a poor year so far for Murray, who has dropped to 8th in the ATP rankings. He is without a singles title, and his most recent action has a singles rubber defeat to Italian Fabio Fognini. It turned out to be crucial as Great Britain were knocked out of the Davis Cup quarter-finals.

Murray has never won at the French Open, which begins in May. His previous best was a semi-final defeat in 2011.

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