Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has said he has made a decision on who his new coach will be, but that no announcements will be made until after he has played in the French Open.

The 27-year-old has been without a coach since parting company with Ivan Lendl in March, which ended a partnership that lasted for over two years, and he won two Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in that time.

A number of candidates have been linked with the role, such as seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe, but the world number eight has consistently stressed that he is willing to be patient before appointing a new coach.

The former world number two will play his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Golubev at Roland Garros, which begins on Sunday, and he will not be able to finalise any deal with his desired new coach before his campaign begins.

He said in an interview with BBC Sport: "I have an idea of exactly what I want.

"I've thought about it a lot, I've spoken to them and I'll see. It's not like you chat to the person and the next day it's done."

A public announcement is more likely to be made after Murray’s participation in the tournament comes to an end, as he aims to win the second Grand Slam of the year for the first time.

"You have to get a contract in place and there's always a few little complications in that respect, but as long as the desire from both people is to work together then hopefully it can happen fairly soon," he added.

"There's always a bit of detail and stuff that needs to get worked out, slightly more in depth discussion about things but hopefully nothing will happen in the next couple of weeks because I'll still be here, but maybe just after."

Murray has continued to struggle for form without a coach in 2014, as he is still yet to make the final of a tournament on the ATP tour in the current calendar year, and his world ranking has fallen to its lowest position since 2008.

While he has continued to struggle to return to full fitness and his best form since having surgery on his back which forced him to miss the end of the 2013 season, Murray has played just five matches on clay in the lead up to the French Open, losing in the third round of the Madrid Masters and the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters.

The 2004 junior US Open champion has previously worked with Mark Petchey, Brad Gilbert and Miles Maclagan on a full-time basis, and his new coach could be appointed before he begins the defence of his Wimbledon crown at SW19, with the premier event of the grass court season beginning in late June.

It was seen by many that Lendl’s experience of winning eight Grand Slam titles himself helped him pass on the mental stability required to win at the highest level onto Murray, though it is unclear whether his new coach will be another Grand Slam winner.

That has been the case with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who are currently working with three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker and six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg respectively.

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