World number two Andy Murray starts off his grass court campaign on Tuesday, weather permitting, at the Aegon Championships held at The Queen’s Club in London against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.
What adds to today’s first round match is that this will be Ivan Lendl’s first match in charge as Murray’s coach since joining forces again after they ended their partnership in March 2014.
Under Lendl, the Scot had great success winning two grand slam titles – Wimbledon and the US Open – and played by far his best tennis.
Lendl will only arrive today to take charge in what could be a tough first round encounter against Mahut, having just won the Ricoh Open on grass in the Netherlands for the third time.
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In an interview with The Scotsman, Murray said he was looking forward to be getting back to playing on grass courts where he has had success in the past winning four titles.
“This part of the season [the grass court swing] is normally a strong part of the year for me. I do like the conditions here,” said Murray.
“I’ve played well at Queen’s and Wimbledon throughout the years and I think with the base that I have after the last few months and the confidence I’ve gained from the way that I played on the clay, I’m in a good place going into Wimbledon. I’m very happy with my team and now adding Ivan.”
Murray added that he has taken a break from tennis for a few days after playing at Roland Garros due to illness.
“I’ve been sick for a few days,” Murray said. “But I feel much better now. Just a bit run down because it has been a long few weeks, a lot of tough matches.
“That’s why I took five days off without doing anything, a break, spent a bit of time away from the court and the gym to rest up and let myself have a bit of a break.
“It’s a long summer and it’s just getting started, still a lot of events to play and I just needed a little break.
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