It has been a chastening year so far for reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and, according to fresh reports regarding his team, things could be further unravelling.
Key members of Murray's backroom team have expressed discontent over the way that new coach Amelie Mauresmo was appointed, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.
It is all centred around apparent confusion over how Mauresmo landed the much-coveted head coaching role within the Murray camp.
According to the report, whispers began to leak out about how much discontent is currently within the Brit's team on Friday amid speculation that big changes could be about to be made.
The issue is understood to all be about the way Mauresmo's appointment was handled, via a press release just hours before the French Open final got underway on June 8.
The former Wimbledon women's champion only joined Murray's camp just over three weeks ago, which makes the immediate unrest all the more remarkable.
Murray pretty non-committal on future with Mauresmo. 'We'll need to sit down and chat.'
— Oliver Brown (@oliverbrown_tel) July 2, 2014
And what will Mauresmo say? Murray: "I need to go away & make a lot of improvements. I've played poorly, I need to get in better shape" — Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) July 2, 2014
It is understood that neither Murray's long-serving assistant coach Dani Vallverdu nor any other member of his backroom staff – which also includes fitness trainers Jez Green and Matt Little as well as physio Mark Bender – had been informed of the decision in advance.
According to tennis writer Simon Briggs, the 'very real unhappiness has reached the point where many wondered whether the rest of Murray’s support staff might walk out en masse'.
Vallverdu has now insisted that he will remain part of the camp, but the highly-rated fitness guru Green is believed to be the most frustrated at the situation.
It would be very understandable if Vallverdu was upset by the apparent speed and hastiness of the appointment given that, as Murray's former coach Ivan Lendl noted, he is a very capable leader in that respect within his own right.
Even though Murray has emphasised how happy he is with Mauresmo's contribution to date, there are still reportedly numerous details to smooth out.
As Briggs puts it, "at the moment the whole fabric of his camp is under significant strain, which may be the reason for the delay in clarifying Mauresmo’s ongoing role".
The 35-year-old Mauresmo is believed to have already left the country for a holiday in Biarritz.
Meanwhile, Murray is to resume training with Vallverdu, who has been at his side since 2010, in his second home of Miami.
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