Saturday, 31 December 2011

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl

Well, it has been announced that Ivan Lendl will be the new full-time coach for Andy Murray.

This is intriguing news, to say the least, and the decision to work with Lendl could prove to be very shrewd.  Lendl the player was always renowned and respected for his resilience, mental toughness and competitive spirit.  Critics of Murray would argue that he has been found wanting in some of these areas in the past. If Lendl can instill some of his qualities in the Scotsman, he will have been a success.

There is a well-worn cliche to the effect that great players do not necessarily make great coaches, and Lendl's conventional coaching experience is hardly extensive.  However, in many of the areas where Murray arguably needs to reduce the gap to Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Lendl's input could prove invaluable.

The new Murray-Lendl partnership will be fascinating to behold.

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