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Should Murray Keep Mauresmo?

The topic which is being discussed in the British media quite frequently these days is the future of Andy Murray-Amelie Mauresmo relationship as player-coach. Whether the Scot should part ways with the 35-year old former French player or he should trust her and give her a long contract extension, everybody seems to have an opinion on this.

Some are saying that it’s unfair to blame Mauresmo for what has happened with Murray in the recent tournaments as she just hasn’t had enough time to work on the game of the player.

The other section believes that the she is just not good enough for the post that has been given to her.

Murray was not short of options when he was searching for a new coach, but, he opted for Mauresmo because he thought that the Frenchwoman would help him improve on the mental front. That’s what he had said in one of his interviews.

Let’s see how strong a person Mauresmo was mentally during her playing days. She played professional tennis for about 15 years and during that period; she just lifted two slam trophies. Now, the skills that she had had; it is not a good number at all. She should have won a lot more, but, she couldn’t and that’s due to her not so good temperament. She herself used to have confidence problem when she was active as a player. So, how did Murray trust her to get him better temperamentally? That’s an important question.

Mauresmo does have helped some players in the recent times, but, helping players and being a player’s permanent coach are two different things especially when the player is of the stature of Murray.

If Mauresmo continues, she can still have a successful stint with Murray. Nobody knows. But, the possibility of that happening is less, that’s for sure

Murray Unsure About New Head Coach

Andy Murray has said that he is not sure if he would be able to appoint a new head coach before the start of this year’s Wimbledon Championship.

Murray hasn’t had anybody as head coach since the last 3 months. Ivan Lendl who helped the Scot achieve a lot of success parted ways with him earlier this year. Thereafter, a lot of names have popped up including some of the former greats, but, Murray hasn’t got in touch with anybody.

He, however, had disclosed in one of his interviews a couple of weeks back that he had decided who was going to be his next coach, but, he would appoint him only at an appropriate time.

After his defeat against Rafael Nadal in the semi final of the French Open, when Murray was asked about the coach appointment, he said, “There is no development in that regard in the last couple of weeks. I haven’t had a chat with anyone. May be in the near future, I would approach somebody. I am not sure, but, let’s see.”

Meanwhile, Murray admitted the fact that the defeat that he suffered against Nadal was not easy to sink in.

Talking about the game, the Scot said, “You get frustrated when you lose matches like these. I think I tried too many things in desperation and lost the plot. I probably needed to be a little more relaxed.”

“You don’t forget such days in a heartbeat. It takes time, but, a lot of games have been coming up and it’s important for me to shift my focus onto them. I can’t change what has already happened. So, it’s better to think about future.”

The next tournament that Murray will participate in is the Aegon Championships.

MURRAY IS THROUGH

Generally in those tournaments which get played on hard courts, Andy Murray is considered as a very tough man to beat because his game is just ideal for that type of surfaces, but, surprisingly, the Scot has never been able to be at his dominating best in the BNP Paribas Open in his career so far.

He always struggles there and he is doing so this year as well. Although, he has won both his matches and has got into the 4th round of the ongoing tournament, but, in both those matches, his performances were just ordinary.

The player which Murray was up against in the third round was Jiri Vesely who is placed more than 70 positions lower than him in the world rankings, but, despite that, the Scot couldn’t crush him. He was in fact in danger of being crushed himself at one point of time as after losing the first set, he had got trailed in the second set too, but, he somehow managed the situation and improved his game just in time to win the last two sets by slender margins to seal the match.

In the post match interview, Murray said, “The standard of tennis was not very high during the match. Both of us were in poor nick and made a lot of mistakes. I am glad that in the latter parts of the match, I played a bit better and won.”

Murray went through an operation not so long ago. So, he was bound to be a little clumsy coming into this season, but, not this much. It seems he just has no rhythm at all and that’s a danger sign for him with matches against the big players coming up.

In the next round, Murray will be facing either Alejandro Falla or Milos Raonic.

MURRAY WINNER

Andy Murray has defeated Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in his second match in the ongoing Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-4.

With this win, the British superstar has made sure that he would finish at no. 5 in the tournament.

This is the first victory that Murray has pulled off after his back operation. He hadn’t looked anywhere close to his best in his previous match against the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but, against, Wawrinka, he looked fluent and won with ease.

Wawrinka is the same player who had knocked Murray out of the US Open last season. He beat him in the quarter final round and didn’t let him win that tournament for the second time in a row. The British player would have been very happy to avenge that loss.

Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Murray said, “My purpose of coming here was to play a few matches against the top players and I am glad that I was up against two very good players in the last two games.”

When asked what he has to say regarding his fitness, Murray said, “I would say it’s pretty good at the moment, but, when you remain on the sidelines for such a long time, you need a few matches. It’s good that I got a couple of them here. It’s only going to help me.”

After that interview, Murray didn’t waste any time at all and went back to have some practice. That shows how determined he is to get back to full rhythm.

The next tournament that Murray is going to feature in is the Qatar Open which is going to start in about 15 days’ time.

BAD NEWS

If you are an Andy Murray fan, there is bad news for you. You are not going to see your favourite player play any more matches this season. The Scot is set to go through back surgery which will rule him out of action for a few months.

This back problem is not new for Murray. He has been suffering from this problem since the last one and half years. He had to withdraw his name from this year’s French Open because of the same problem.

Murray managed to regain 100% fitness after the French Open though and ended up participating in the last two Grand Slams of the year i.e. Wimbledon and US Open but, while, playing for Great Britain in the Davis Cup clash against Croatia a few days back, that problem started to trouble him again because of which he decided to meet a specialist who suggested him to opt for surgery.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, the Spokesperson of Murray said, “Andy was comfortable with his back while playing on grass courts, but, after making some appearances on clay and hard courts off late, he started to feel the pain again. He went to the specialist who told him that the surgery would solve the issue permanently. Hopefully, the operation will go smoothly and he will be back 100% fit for the new season.”

Despite having that back problem, Murray had featured in 3 matches in the Davis Cup tie against Croatia and had won all of them to help his team win the tie and make it to the World Group.

Murray had to take part in 5 more tournaments this season including the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour finals which will be played in London in November.

MURRAY BEATS GRANOLLERS

Andy Murray has defeated Marcel Granollers of Spain in the second round of the ongoing Rogers Cup. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 6-4, 7-6(2).

Murray didn’t look at his peak in this match. He played a few glorious shots, but, the consistency wasn’t there. However, his effort was good enough to get better of Granollers.

Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Murray said, “The conditions were a little tough. A strong breeze was blowing and the ball was flying. It took me a bit of time to adjust.”

In the opening set,  Murray was off to a good start as he broke his opponent’s serve a couple of times in a row (in the 3rd and the 5th game) to get ahead by 4-1.

However, the Scot was broken back in the 6th game and then, Granollers held his serve in the 7th game to make the score 4-3.

The next couple of games went with the serve and at the end of the 9th game; Murray was leading by 5-4.

The Spaniard required a serve break in the next game to prevent the set from getting over, but, he couldn’t do that. Murray served the 10th game out and got up by a set.

In the second set, there were no breakthroughs in the first 3 games and Granollers was ahead by 2-1 when the 3rd game got over.

In the 4th game, Granollers sneaked a breakthrough and then, won his next service game to extend his lead to 4-1.

The next 3 games went with the serve and when the 8th game finished, Granollers was ahead by 5-3.

Murray managed to break his opponent back in the 9th game and then, a serve hold for him in the next game levelled the proceedings.

Both the players held their serve in the next 2 games which took the set into the tie breaker.

In the tie breaker, Murray looked very aggressive. He outclassed Granollers with some great shots and finished it off in no time.

This was Murray’s 13th win in a row. He will take on Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the next round.