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.
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