McEnroe slams Murray’s coaching choice for this year’s Wimbledon

John McEnroe has spoken out against Andy Murray’s surprising decision to change his coach for this year’s Wimbledon championship and dropping his former coach Ivan Lendl who helped Murray become Wimbledon champion.

I think most British Tennis fans sitting at home watching Andy’s last match, against Grigor Dimitrov were thinking the same as former American champion turned commentator John McEnroe ” I’m amazed he ever got rid of Lendl in the first place.” I certainly felt the need to blame Andy’s demise to this new choice of coach, personally I can’t understand why he would drop one of the people that got him to the top, a coach who he has had such a great relationship with over the years.  The reason for Lendl’s departure could be, as reports suggest, that his decision to go with another coach was down to him not giving Murray the valid attention he wants or needs.

From the first confirmation that Murray was going with a new coach many commentators, especially those from the British press were initially very skeptical about his choice of the French tennis star Ameile Mauresmo.  Mauresmo is a former world women’s tennis number one and one of the very few female coaches.

Murray isn’t the only one in this year’s championship to switch coaches, seven of the world’s top tennis players followed his lead and opted for a change in order to improve their game, all of these choices were former tennis Champions.  Djokovic and Federer’s coach choices, Djokovic is now with Boris Becker and Federer with Stefan Edberg.  Both coaches have seen the players go from strength to strength and ending up in the final, where Djokovic came out on top.

Admidst the controversy surrounding Murray’s performance and his sad exit from Wimbledon, he stays confident by saying that he just needs to make some improvements to his game but fails to address rumours of him splitting from Mauresmo or whether he will be getting back with former coach Lendl any time soon.  McEnroe thinks that there is a big chance that after Andy’s knock out that he will dump Maursemo and get back with Lendl saying ‘I wouldn’t put it past the two of them’ to reunite.

This is my second blog post from working at Radio Yorkshire, hope you like it, please comment 🙂


My first published Blog : No joke Novak Djokovic’s triumphant return as Wimbledon Champion

Recently I’ve been working with Radio Yorkshire to try gain some work experience, as a result I was asked to write a blog to summaries this years Wimbledon (as I’m a big tennis fan). Here’s my blog which is posted on the Radio Yorkshire website located here:

No joke Novak Djokovic’s triumphant return as Wimbledon Champion

I feel that this year’s Wimbledon championship has been slightly overlooked by the dominance of other current sporting events on this year.

The World Cup has stolen centre stage, taking over all major TV channels with continuous match coverage, summaries, hype and relentless advertising.  Pedaling furiously behind it is the Tour de France more commonly known in its starting location as the Tour de Yorkshire, as the cyclists began their long journey in the heart of Yorkshire, Leeds.

Wimbledon’s hype slowly fizzled out when Britain’s only hope Andy Murray got knocked out of the running.  Lightning clearly doesn’t strike twice for Murray as he was beaten in the quarter finals by up-and-coming Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.  Murray has now plummeted from number three to ten in the world tennis ranking system.

The men’s final had us all tuning in to the pivotal match to see who would be crowned this year’s king of Wimbledon.  Novak Djokavic was in the final with the 7 time champion Roger Federer, which was one of the best and most nail biting matches of this whole tournament.

Djokovic, 27, and veteran player Federer ,32, really showed that age has no boundaries, during the beginning of the match it really did seem that Federer had the upper hand and would take the match.  Djokovich then began to doubt himself and start to miss vital shots, while slipping, sliding and eventually falling on centre courts’ eroded baseline.

Djokovic turned it around in the last legs on the match, equaling out Federer at every turn, while his new trainer, another vet to the game, Boris Becker spurred him on in the supporter’s box.


Finally Djokovic took the game in five sets, scoring 6-7 (9), 6-4, 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4.   Keeping up with his previous victory routine, while holding back tears he picks up a pinch of centre course and eats it.