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Andy Murray to work with Amelie Mauresmo beyond US Open

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Andy Murray has confirmed that he will continue working with his coach Amelie Mauresmo beyond this year’s US Open.

The Briton began working with the former world number one in June, and their partnership was initially planned to run for the grass court season.

Despite some disappointing results since then, including Murray’s loss of his Wimbledon title after his three set quarter-final loss to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, they have no plans to part company in the near future.

The world number nine is currently in Toronto, where he is preparing to play in the Rogers Cup, as he looks to play himself back into form before the US Open.

The 27-year-old told the BBC: “We’ve agreed to work together and I think from both sides we’re willing to do what it takes to make it work long term.

“I really enjoy working with her, she’s helped me a lot. She integrated well with the rest of the team.

“It’s been a good start. Now it’s about me producing the results.”

Future plans

Murray went on to say that plans for the rest of the year have been in place since his loss at SW19, as he held a meeting with his team the day after his loss to Dimitrov, where it was decided that Mauresmo and hitting partner Dani Vallverdu would travel with him to New York.

“I sat down with her the day after Wimbledon, we made a plan for the next few months, in the build up to the US Open.

“Dani and Amélie will both be there at the US Open. That’s the plan for now, but I plan on working with her for longer than post-US Open, for sure.”

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Mauresmo, who previously coached former world number 25 Michael Llodra and the French Fed Cup team, will be aiming to improve Murray’s form going into the hard court season, as he has not won a singles title for over a year.

His last title came at Wimbledon in 2013, but since then he is yet to reach the final of an ATP tournament, and his world ranking has dropped by seven positions.

Loss of form

It was said that Murray’s previous coach Ivan Lendl improved the mental side of his game, as he was a former Grand Slam winner himself, and Mauresmo, who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006, is still looking to have a similar effect.

Murray is currently struggling to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November, and he has not finished outside the top eight in the end of year rankings since 2007.

One thing that will work to his advantage is the small number of ranking points he has to defend going into the back end of the year, as he did not participate in the indoor season at the end of last year after having surgery on his back.

There will also be an opportunity for him to make it back into the top eight before the US Open, which begins on Monday August 25th, as he was knocked out in the third round by Latvian Ernests Gulbis in the third round last year, giving him just 90 points to defend.

Murray will then play in the Cincinnati Masters the following week, where he was beaten in the quarter-finals last year, and he has not made it to the semi-finals of a Masters Series event since winning the Miami Masters in March 2013.

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