Andy Murray Australian Open 2022

Andy Murray set to trial Stan Wawrinka’s coach as search for new trainer continues

After Andy Murray parted ways with coach Jan de Witt following an unsuccessful trial, he is now set to re-appoint Stan Wawrinka’s coach Dani Valverdu on another trial.

At the Australian Open, three-time Grand Slam champion Murray impressively overcame World number 21 Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller that lasted just under four hours.

Murray then went on to lose against Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in straight sets in the second round. Murray called the defeat “not good enough” and said “making the second round of slams is not something he finds motivating.”

He also revealed he would not return for the 2023 Australian Open should his performances and results fail to improve.

Regardless of the early exit, Murray is set to break into the ATP top 100 for the first time since he underwent a second hip surgery. This is because he is guaranteed to be ranked at least 97th and could rise as high as 94th in the world when the rankings update next week.

After his disappointing exit from the first Slam of the season, Murray decided to split with German coach Jan de Witt, who had been appointed on a trial basis for the ‘Happy Slam.’

De Witt had previously coached Gael Monfils, but this new partnership was unsuccessful and Murray will continue his search for a new permanent coach after he parted ways with long-term coach of five years Jamie Delgado.

The Brit has now turned his attention to Stan Wawrinka’s coach Dani Valverdu as Swiss icon Wawrinka returns to fitness following a foot injury. The duo previously worked together between 2010 and 2014, in which Murray won two Slams and reached three Slam finals.

He has previously reemphasised the importance of making the right decision as he enters the latter stages of his career.

Murray will compete at the first ATP 500 event of the year after accepting a wildcard entry into the Rotterdam Open. Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will replace US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and promising Italian Jannik Sinner.

Should Murray win the event he could climb within the top 50 for the first time since 2018.

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