Andy Murray is one
of the most intelligent sportsmen I've ever come across, and he is not far off
being a great player. He does not need a coach.
There has been a
lot of talk recently about who Murray should have in his corner, but when you
are as switched on as he is, it is pretty academic.
The key thing for
Murray is to be enjoying his tennis, relishing his work off the court and
generally flourishing with the people around him.
There is no need
for someone else to be telling him what to do tactically, because he is
incredibly astute and he thinks on his feet.
Murray is not one
of the many players on Tour who need a coach to be spoon feeding them ahead of
each match or motivating them to get on the practice court each day.
The Brit is a very
intelligent man, and he does most of his thinking for himself.
Murray works things
out very well, and he analyses his opponents and knows when to attack, and when
to defend on the most part.
However, he does
seem to have a proficiency to endure rather long droughts and that makes people
describe him as rudderless without a coach.
But that is
I don't think a
single coach would make any difference, and what is very important is that he
is not being annoyed by who is around him.
Murray had one of
the best coaches in the world in his corner in Brad Gilbert, but after a while
he got sick of him and stopped listening.
Once that became
the case, the Brit simply moved on and it proved to be an unsuccessful
It is all very well
for people to throw names into the ring, but if Murray does not enjoy being
around the person in question then he will stop listening. That is just the way
he is wired.
confirmed that he will travel around with a group once more, and that is all
well and good.
So what if he
doesn't wish to appoint a long-term single coach at this stage?
I believe it is
irrelevant who Murray has in his corner at the moment, and nothing will deter
him from focusing on the clay court season and beyond.
He said he was keen
to make a decision before Roland Garros, but he has been wise in biding his
The fact is that
Murray is a very difficult man to work with: there is unlikely to be a long
queue of coaches willing to partner with him.
It's a tricky
situation, but he must remain patient and see how this season unfolds.
But one thing is
for sure: like Pete Sampras and Roger Federer before him, Murray does not need
coaches are fraught with difficulties, and he is far too intelligent to need