Speculation is mounting Roger Rasheed could become world no.4 Andy Murray’s full-time coach after the Australian announced his three year liaison with Gael Monfils has come to a conclusion.
Rasheedis both good friends and a business partner of Darren Cahill, his fellow Adelaide native, who has been working with Murray on a part-time basis for the last three months.
Cahill’s commitments to being a key member of the ESPN tennis commentary team and a leading light in the adidas Development Program mean he is unable to commit more time to working with Murray who clearly is in need of a full-time coach as he strives to narrow the gap between himself and the leading three players in the world game; newly crowned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Rasheed, aged 42 and a former Australian Rules footballer who spent three
and a half years coaching former world no.1 Lleyton Hewitt, is a known admirer of Murray and has a good understanding with the player’s mother Judy.
Announcing the split with seventh ranked Monfils on Twitter, Rasheed said:
“After three years, Gael and I think that the time has come for us to separate.
I enjoyed the challenge and I wish Gael the best.”
And Rasheed added in another Tweet: “Next coaching challenge? Can’t wait!”
Monfils and Rasheed forged an unlikely relationship in July 2008 when the 24-year-old Frenchman first broke through as a top ten player. He has subsequently reached two French Open quarter finals and got to the last eight once at the US Open but many believe he has still not come close to fulfilling his potential.
"We decided to stop our collaboration by mutual agreement," said Monfils
after helping France into the semi-finals of the Davis Cup with a comfortable
victory over Germany. "We had reached the end of a great story. I owe him
[Rasheed] a lot. I learned a lot with him."It went very well. We talked, we
had a good discussion. We're still very good friends."
Monfils will now work with Patrick Chamagne who has already been working as his fitness instructor.
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