Andy Murray will make a decision later this month as to who he feels is the best coaching candidate to coax him back to form in 2015, and Amelie Mauresmo could be moved on in favour of a return to Ivan Lendl, according to The Express.
The British no.1 ended a tough season on a suitably low note earlier this week at the ATP World Tour Finals as he picked up just one win in three round robin matches, against the apparently-injured Milos Raonic, though it was a defeat against Roger Federer which really hit-home the tremendous difficulties faced by Murray.
Federer was rampant inside the O2 Arena and cruised to a 6-0 6-1 demolition job over the two-time Grand Slam champion; the heaviest defeat of his career.
Processes of diagnosis, finger pointing and recovery have already begun around the world of tennis, and it appears the future of Mauresmo is in jeopardy.
Murray made the landmark appointment of the female coach - probably the first truly-world class male tennis player to do so - earlier this summer but results haven't always been positive.
Failures at Wimbledon and the US Open were only partly healed by a strong qualification venture to the Finals, and the shortcomings for Murray were brutally exposed once more when the season-ending competition got underway in London.
Their dour partnership bears no resemblance to the highly-fruitful days Murray enjoyed under Lendl. It was with the Czechoslovakian that the 27-year-old won his first major trophies at Flushing Meadows and SW19 back in 2012 and 2013 respectively. There are now rumours that the two could be reunited, despite their mutual split earlier this year as the Briton struggled to find his best form after back surgery.
It isn't just Lendl that is supposedly in the running, however. John McEnroe, who only yesterday criticised the Murray/Mauresmo team, has also been implicated in the same Express article.The retired American player was previously linked with the role before Mauresmo took over, and now he comes back into contention.
Greg Rusedski, the former British tennis star, believes Murray needs to make a change so that he can return to the performance levels he showed under Lendl.
“You look at Andy Murray and you think to yourself, ‘he’s got to go back to the way he was under Ivan Lendl’ – being aggressive," he said to SkySports. "You cannot turn it on for a match against Federer, you need to consistently play that way throughout the year if you’re going to take the likes of Federer and Novak Djokovic on.
“I think he’s got to get back to being dominant in matches, like he was with Lendl. If you don’t play the lesser opponents in the same manner, you can’t just produce it on the day [against Federer].
“He doesn’t need to change everything, he needs to go back to the way he played under Ivan. Ivan got him to hit his second serve a little bit harder, practice more serves out there, taking on the short balls, coming forward, returning the ball earlier and just mentally changing his thought process.”
Murray is set to take a break and sort his coaching situation out before the 2015 season kicks-off. The Australian Open, as always, comes quickly after the Christmas break and it's an event which the former world no.2 has never won.
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