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John McEnroe denies Andy Murray coaching link

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John McEnroe has said that he has not had contact with world number eight Andy Murray about taking over as his coach.

Murray has been without a coach since parting company with Ivan Lendl in March, and McEnroe has been one of the leading candidates to be his replacement.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion has effectively ruled himself out of the running, as he told the Daily Telegraph that he doesn't expect to be approached by the Briton, though he did not say that he would refuse to take up the position if he was approached.

The American former player is quoted by ESPN: "I haven't talked to Andy. He would have to speak to me and say he would want me to do it and somehow I don't see that happening."

Another potential new coach for the 27-year-old would be Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, who was also linked with the role when she was spotted watching his first round match at the French Open against Andrey Golubev last week.

McEnroe, who has not previously coached a player on the tour, feels that opting for a female coach could be a shrewd move for the Dunblane-born player.

"It would be definitely a left-field, unusual turn, but maybe that's what he needs. You need something to give yourself a shot in the arm, to give yourself that added motivation.”

Lendl lead Murray to both of his Grand Slam titles in the two years that they worked together, as well as an Olympic gold medal, and McEnroe put that down to how Murray’s game mentally developed with the Czech-born coach.

“Lendl wasn't the first coach to tell him 'Look you've got to be more aggressive on your forehand', or 'You've got to do a bit better on your second serve' or 'You've got to step in closer on your return'. I think those things were pretty evident early on.”

Murray said before the start of Roland Garros that he had a clear idea in mind of who he wanted to appoint as his new coach, though it is not expected that any announcements will be made on the situation until after his participation has ended in the second Grand Slam of the year.

McEnroe would not expect any news on the situation until after he has attempted to defend his Wimbledon title, with the grass court tournament beginning on Monday June 23.

"That [defending the Wimbledon title] would seem to be a pretty tough situation to walk into.

“There's the upside if somehow he won it again. But it's pretty tricky to manoeuvre in the most tense, pressurised event of the year. It would be hard for that not to be awkward, for Andy or anyone else."

It had been a difficult time for Murray since Lendl’s reign as his coach came to an end, as he had not managed to reach the semi-finals of a tournament since then going into the French Open.

He had been suffering from problems with his form since becoming the first British male to win Wimbledon since 1936 in 2013, as back surgery forced him to miss the end of the season, and he is yet to reach the final of a tournament in 2014.

But his form has improved at Roland Garros, where going into Wednesday’s action he was scheduled to play 23rd seed Gael Monfils for a place in his second semi-final at the tournament, and his first since 2011.

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