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Friday 22 August 2014

Mauresmo may be handed extended deal as Murray's coach

Simon Briggs

Published 07/07/2014 | 02:30

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Andy Murray during a press conference after losing his Men's Quarter Final match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the Wimbledon Championships
Andy Murray during a press conference after losing his Men's Quarter Final match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the Wimbledon Championships
Amelie Mauresmo may continue to coach Andy Murray
Amelie Mauresmo may continue to coach Andy Murray

ANDY Murray's representatives indicated yesterday that the chances of Amelie Mauresmo continuing as his coach remain high – at least in the short term – despite the unrest among other members of his support staff over the past week.

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Although Mauresmo has returned to France, negotiations are continuing and confirmation of an extension to the initial grass-court trial period is expected early this week.

Murray played five-a-side football with Dani Vallverdu and Jez Green – respectively his assistant coach and fitness trainer – on Saturday, which suggested that some of the tension that had gripped the team last week had been resolved.

However, the secrecy surrounding Mauresmo's unveiling a month ago – which caught Vallverdu and Green unawares – clearly affected morale. Murray, who was photographed arriving at Mauresmo's rented house on Thursday with a card, will be aware that his associates are keen to be consulted in future.

Debate continues as to whether Mauresmo is the right person to take Murray forward. Some say she cannot be expected to make a difference within a few weeks, while others – including Murray's regular critic Virginia Wade – point to the apparent regression in his mindset during his lethargic quarter-final exit against Grigor Dimitrov.

"I think he was in a bit of a defensive mode this whole year," Wade told BBC Radio Five Live yesterday. "I just really do believe that it was almost too much for him to handle the thought of having to dig that deep to win again at Wimbledon."

On the subject of Mauresmo, Wade said: "I think it was very optimistic to think she could have an impact in a couple of weeks before a major tournament. I feel that he learned so much from Ivan Lendl that it is not that essential that he actually has somebody telling him what to do. He needs to implement all that himself.

"Unless he can find the right person to be his coach, I think he is better off to fight a bit on his own and assimilate all of the stuff he has heard from Lendl and from his own experience, and work on that." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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