‘Not ideal’ – Andy Murray determined to improve and wants permanent coaching arrangement
Andy Murray wants to find a permanent coaching solution as he feels consistency is key to improving his tennis, but recognises he “needs to put in a lot of work.”
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray terminated his trial with Gael Monfils’ former coach Jan de Witt after an early exit from the Australian Open.
However, Murray can take multiple positives from his Australian Summer. Murray reached his first tour-level final at the Sydney International as well as the second round of the Australian Open.
The British great entered the new year ranked 135th but now finds himself ranked 95th in the World and looks set to rise to 87th in the next rankings update. This means Murray will have risen a total of 48 positions not even two months into the new year.
This scheduled rankings increase comes after Murray beat Alexander Bublik, who was fresh off a maiden tour level title, at the Rotterdam Open.
Murray has returned to a tried-and-tested partnership after he reappointed former coach Dani Vallverdu on another trial.
The duo worked together between 2010 and 2014, a period where Murray reached illustrious heights. Murray won two of his three Grand Slam titles, an Olympic gold medal and reached a further three Slam finals.
After being knocked out of the Rotterdam Open by rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime, Murray will next feature at the Qatar Open then the Dubai Tennis Championships where he could face 20-time Slam legend Novak Djokovic for the first time in five years.
Speaking after his Rotterdam Open defeat, Murray said “I’m just trying to get a more permanent solution so that I can have consistency in terms of the things that I’m working on because having different messages from people who are working with you each week is not ideal.
“I think so because if I look at the beginning of this year and obviously the result [against Auger-Aliassime] didn’t go my way, but there has been some positive signs. I really feel like my tennis can be a lot better.
“I don’t feel like I lost because I was really struggling with my movement but I believe that my tennis can improve providing I put in the right work and consistently work on the right things for a period of time and I believe that will happen.
“It probably won’t happen overnight because some of the mistakes that I’ve been making technically have been probably happening for 18 months or so, so it takes a bit of time to break those habits. I’ll need to put in a lot of work on them to change that.”
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