John McEnroe has revealed he would be open to coaching Andy Murray if the Scot made an approach, reports the Daily Mail.
The 55-year-old admitted his desire to work with the Scot, who has been without a coach since parting company with Ivan Lendl in March.
Asked directly whether he would contemplate working with Murray, McEnroe replied: “Yes, of course.”
The 2013 Wimbledon champion split with Lendl on mutual terms due to the Czech struggling to manage coaching and other commitments, but McEnroe believes his own busy schedule would not ensue the same difficulties.
“Some of these situations are tempting for anyone and you get into a part-time role,” he said.
“My phone has not been ringing off the hook but, at the same time, if the right situation came along…
“I am pretty busy doing my own thing but when you get opportunities to coach great players, it is definitely something that would be tempting to think about.”
McEnroe said he is not surprised Murray is still without a coach as prepares for the French Open in May and Wimbledon following in June.
“I don’t think Andy can simply pick up and turn to another person that easily,’ said the tennis legend.
"That is probably why he is not with another person just now,” said the seven-time Grand Slam singles winner.
McEnroe expects a barrage of high-profile candidates will contest the position before Murray makes a calculated final decision.
“He will find someone he is willing to take that chance with and there are plenty of people that would love to do it. It’s a great job to be able to work with someone as good as him,” said the American.
“I am sure there are plenty of people applying for the job. It is just a matter of him settling down and deciding where he wants to go.”
McEnroe believes the 26-year-old has been a shadow of the player he was in 2013 following back surgery and the unexpected departure of Lendl.
The Germany-born former world number one expects Murray may struggle to use the clay-court season to springboard the defence his 2013 Wimbledon crown.
“At this stage, you have got to say he is a notch or two below from where he was when he won Wimbledon and we are coming into the clay court season that is the most difficult part of the season for him,” said McEnroe.
Speaking about the prospect of Murray breaking the dominance of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the men’s tour, McEnroe said: “I think that Andy certainly belongs in the top four.”
Addressing the example of Federer at 32-years-old, the four-time US Open men’s singles champion predicts that Murray can replicate the longevity of the Swiss maestro and shake up the ‘big three’ in the coming years.
“I’m looking at Roger play and I’m amazed at how well he’s moving - obviously we know how well he can play, but he seems to be moving better than he has the last three, four, five years,” McEnroe said.
“Andy’s quite a bit younger, so there’s no reason to believe that if he gets back to peak form he couldn’t get back there.
“I don’t want to wish something bad on other guys, but in terms of the other guys ahead of him, overall he’s got more to his game. And to me he should be at worst No 4 in the world.”
Yet to secure an ATP title in 2014, Murray is currently sits at number eight in the Emirates ATP rankings with a 2014 win-loss record of 18-7.
The Scot has not stepped on court since succumbing to world number two Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the quarter-final stage of the Sony Open in Miami on 7 April.
Murray will commence the remainder of his Roland Garros preparation on Sunday at the Mutua Madrid Open and later the Internazionali BNL D’Italia in Rome before heading to Paris on 25 May.
McEnroe indicated that these preliminary tournaments could be crucial to giving Murray a confidence-boost on the clay at Roland Garros before braving the enormous weight of expectation at Wimbledon.
The 55-year-old legend will be playing in the second edition of Brodies Champions of Tennis – The Legends Return from 19-22 June in Edinburgh. The exhibition tournament will feature a host of legendary names including Henri Leconte, Tim Henman and Mark Philippoussis.
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