Cahill rules out Murray partnership


Originally published on: 03/08/10 09:24

Darren Cahill, who had been a clear favourite to take over as Andy Murray’s new coach, has ruled himself out of the running to guide the world No.4.

Murray, who split with Miles Maclagan last week, had admitted that Cahill would be someone he might approach to take over the reigns.

But the former coach of Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt has turned his back on a potential partnership with the Scot at this current moment in time.

“Andy’s one of the best players on the Tour right now but from what I understand, he’s looking for a full-time coach,” said the 44-year-old Aussie. “I’ve got my ESPN duties and also work with Adidas. I can’t be full-time for anyone.”

Murray announced his working relationship with Maclagan had come to an end after a difference of opinion brought an end to their two-and-a-half-year partnership.

Even so, the Scot managed to put together a decent run in Los Angeles, reaching his first final since his Australian Open defeat to Roger Federer at the beginning of the season.

Though he lost to American Sam Querrey for the first time in their five meetings, the Scot was in positive mood about his form.

“if you take the circumstances into consideration I have to be happy with getting to the final, said the 23-year-old, adding: “I had a good week, I enjoyed it.”

The world No.4, who had spells under the tutelage of Mark Petchey and Brad Gilbert, will not be rushed into appointing the fourth coach of his professional career.

Keen not to upset the balance ahead of his latest tilt at a Grand Slam,  Murray has said that he will review the situation after the US Open which begins on August 30.


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