Andy Murray has made the genius decision to part ways with “coaching consultant” Alex Corretja just a few months after firing Miles Maclagan. If you look at Murray’s brilliant results of late (clearly I’m being sarcastic) you can see that being totally coachless and only under the guidance of his mother is a great idea
The periods of time when Roger Federer went coachless were unusual but at least he had some results to back up his ability to coach himself with the help of his now wife Mirka. Murray, on the other hand, can boast no such results or mental stability and I almost can’t bring myself to watch as Murray prepares to step on the clay courts with out his clay court specialist consultant.
Unless he’s got something else up his sleeve (such as the possible Ivan Lendl match) it just seems totally stupid. To be fair if I was Alex Corretja I wouldn’t want to be associated with the current disaster that is Andy Murray.
Corretja originally came on part time in April 2008 to try and improve his clay court results. Corretja quickly became a more permanent fixture in the Murray camp.
Murray was complimentary to Corretja when talking to media today. “I’ve had a really good relationship with Alex over the past three years. I have learned so much from being around him and I want to thank him for his hard work, enthusiasm, dedication and support.
He has been a great friend as well as a mentor to me and we’ve shared lots of success and good times both on and off the court.”
Corretja has not ruled out assisting Murray again in the future.
Lendl would be an interesting match up because he lost in his first four grand slam finals before going on to win eight titles, and Murray, at this point, seems to struggle to recover from grand slam disappointment.
“Andy could do with some advice from the right person. He is good enough to get to that next level, but he needs that something extra that’s missing. He needs to find it from himself more than someone else.
It’s a mental thing, he has all the ability in the world.
Maybe it’s his approach to tennis. If he does go a different route, you have to give your trust to that person. You have to let your guard down a bit, listen to the guy and accept he’s giving his opinion.” – Jamie Murray