After flying solo for a few months Andy Murray has announced that he has hired eight time Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl as his new full time coach saying, “Very happy to announce that Ivan Lendl is my new full time coach. His impact on the game is unquestionable and he brings experience and knowledge that few others have, particularly in major tournaments.”
Much like Murray Ivan struggled to get across the line and win his first major. The Czech (now US) player was runner up four times before he finally got across the line at the French Open in 1984.
Ivan has long been suggested as the perfect person to guide Murray to his first grand slam, particularly given Murray is yet to win a set in any of his three finals. Murray has gone to pieces mentally after losing his last two finals and noticeably fell apart during last years Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic.
Murray says he hopes Ivan will be able to help him get a grand slam and stop talk that he is simply a cut below Nadal, Federer and Djokovic.
“He has been through a lot of the same things that I have been through, so I am sure he can help me mentally with certain things. I spoke to him about a lot of the top players and how I am going to beat those players, and how to see their weakness … how I can exploit them. So I am sure he will help me very tactically as well.”
Tony Roche believes it’s the best move Murray could have made.
“I’ve got to say it’s a really good move from Andy, an especially good move. Anyone who knows Ivan will tell you how much he’s going to bring to the table for Andy. Few people in our sport have ever trained as hard as Ivan, or been as professional.
All the things his career was based on, like working hard and being meticulous with preparation and execution, and that ability he had to concentrate on what was in front of him, for hours on end, will rub off on Andy.”