Andy Murray may still be on a high from helping his beloved Great Britain – innocent face – to a famous Davis Cup win over the United States, but the proud Scot has been forced to get back to the nitty gritty of the ATP Tour season.
March and April may be relatively quiet months in the tennis season, but they will provide some decent opportunities for preparation ahead of a traditionally hectic summer schedule. The British no.1 will be keener than most to get a good run under after a good start to 2015, on the back of a less than impressive 2014 season.
A key element to him doing so will be the receiving of some good guidance, and he isn’t likely to get it without his coach, Amelie Mauresmo, in tow. However, that is exactly the situation that he finds himself in under the terms of his part-time coach.
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Considering that the 27-year-old knew that this would be the case, decide for yourself whether it’s a good decision or not, Murray has left it a little late to appoint another advisor. Although it has become apparent that he is imminently to unveil a new coach, or stop-gap, if you were.
The world no.4 – who returns to that position this week – has realised his need for further help after he struggled in the absence of Mauresmo and a full backroom staff at the recent Dubai Open, perhaps he regrets his decision to have a pre-Australian Open shake-up?
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High-profile departues in Dani Vallverdu – who has since linked up with rival Tomas Berdych – and trainer Jez Green has left Murray a little light of full-time support.
However, with a Masters 1000 event looming large on the horizon, Murray is close to securing any gaps in his preparation schedule.
“I’d say I’m fairly close,” said Murray. “Over the next few days I’ll try to arrange something, to do a trial period in the next month or so.
“Amélie is next not with me at the beginning of the clay-court stretch [which begins in Monte Carlo on 13 April]. I get married the week after Miami [which follows Indian Wells]. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do the week after that. It depends what happens in the next month or so.”
Indian Wells is one of the places that Murray has never experienced success at. Trophies are usually shared by the familiar faces of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer; all three of Murray’s foes will be in action this year too.
Each one of the all-dominating trio have something to prove this year after mixed starts to the year. Federer is looking to build upon his Dubai win after losing our in the Australian Open; won by Djokovic. Nadal, meanwhile, is still not consistently showing anything like to form that warrants his standing as a 14-time Grand Slam winner.