Since the departure of Andy Murray's coach and good friend Ivan Lendl it is apparent that the Scot has lost his ways. Murray's form has slipped; losing to Italy's Fabio Fognini in straight sets for the fourth rubber of the Davis Cup tie.
It has since been announced he will be having a month out of tennis until the Madrid Masters event next month to think assess his options for a future coach. The possible contenders at the moment go like this are:
- Mats Wilander
- Brad Gilbert
- Dani Vallverdu
- Darren Cahill
- Jimmy Connors
Mats Wilander the seven Grand Slam singles champion is among the contenders the take over from the Czech. This could be a good option for the Briton as the experienced Wilander would have knowledge on what it would take to get back to the top of the game after his disappointing start to the season of 2014.
One of his apparent targets for this year is to claim the number one spot off Rafael Nadal (even if by now this may seem even more illusive). Once again, the Swede would be able to help him in this area due to vast knowledge of what it takes to be on top. However, there are also other stars who wuld be equally qualified in this area.
One of Murray's former coaches Brad Gilbert has also created media speculation that he may be interested in returning to the role. During their 18-month partnership, Gilbert turned the British number one into a seasoned pro, reaching world number eight during his time in the job.
Despite not being the successful player he has coached a variety of other top 10 players in the past, including Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick. Both of these players admit to having good on court and off court relationships with the man. Could this be a possible route for the world number No.8?
Next, Dani Vallverdu, currently Murray's hitting partner and close friend who knows him well. Their relationship goes back to when they were young teenagers, playing together in the Spanish tennis Acamedy Sanchez-Casal.
Vallverdu has done a lot of work behind the scenes with Murray, supporting him when he was without a main head coach before the arrival of Lendl. During this period he gave Murray a base on which to build. Could the Venezualan prove the best match for the 26 year-old?
Another former coach of Murray's, Darren Cahill, has been drawn back into the spotlight since the split with Lendl. When Cahill was with Murray they seemed to get on well, until the rumoured fall out with each other towards the end of their professional relationship. This partnership has been one which has possibly been less speculated by the press in comparison, however there is still every chance.
My final contender for the Scot's next coach is the former world No.1 Jimmy Connors. The ex-US pro won five US Opens, two Wimbledons and one Australian Open. The American could prove to be in interesting acquisition to Murray's team. The two personalities are very fiery which could lead to problems further down the line, but for now I could see this relationship working.
All in all, there seems that there is a lot for Murray to think about and a lot of options for him. By his next major in Roland Garros, could there be a new acquisition to the feisty Scotsman's team?
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