Andy Murray’s successful campaign to become the first male player to retain the Rogers Cup since Andre Agassi at the year’s sixth Masters 1000 Series event in Toronto would seem to suggest the feisty Scot is happiest playing without a coach in his corner. But
Murray insists he has no intention of working solo for the remainder of his career.
Successive straight sets wins over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer emphasized how Murray had recaptured top form after an indifferent year and the parting of the ways with former coach Miles Maclagan a month ago.
“Obviously I am playing without a coach at the moment so it’s a little bit different,” said the player whose first title of the year warded off the challenge from Robin Soderling for the world no.4 spot. “I just want to enjoy playing my game and express myself on the court in the way I want.
“I’m just playing a little bit freer. I was going for my shots and just felt pretty calm on the court the whole week. In fact it was one of the best weeks I’ve had. I was playing pretty free flowing tennis and didn’t get too nervous.”
Sitting in Murray’s corner were his mother Judy along with fitness trainer Jez Green and physio Andy Ireland. He is on the look out for a successor to Maclagan but no appointment will be made before the US Open and he is in no rush.
“I’m not going to rush into hiring a coach unless I feel it is the right person because it’s a big commitment,” said Murray. “It’s 30 or 35 weeks a year that you travel with that person and you spend a lot of time together. There’s a lot of pressure at the high or top end of sport so you need to make sure you get on very well.
“I don’t want to pick someone just before the US Open and make a mistake. I’d rather play like I’m playing now and have people around me that I know and enjoy being with so you are enjoying yourself. After the Open I will sit down and think about what I want to do.”
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