Andy Murray believes he doesn’t need to rush to find a new coach because he is in the clay-court form of his life going into Roland Garros.
After splitting from Amelie Mauresmo at the start of this month, the world number two claimed his first win over Novak Djokovic on clay in the final of the Italian Open last week.
With Mauresmo no longer in the picture, Jamie Delgado has taken more of a hands-on role in preparing Murray for the year’s second grand slam event, and Murray feels his presence on the sidelines means there is “less of a rush” to replace the former women’s world number one.
“I’m playing very well so there’s no need to make a change a few days before the French,” Murray is quoted as saying by the BBC.
Delgado, a former British Davis Cup player, joined Murray’s coaching team in February this year but last week’s tournament in Rome was the first in which he was the 29-year-old Scot’s lone coach.
Murray added that he hadn’t spoken to anyone else about joining his coaching team but was open to the idea of bringing in an additional member.
“We chatted about it a little bit after Rome, but nothing too in depth,” the two-time grand slam winner added.
“Most of my focus, and I think my team’s focus, is getting me ready here. I’ll obviously chat more to them about it if there’s something that we think would be able to help – I’m all for that.
“Right now is a difficult time to make a change and, to be honest, why would I? Maybe [I’ll] have another look during the grass [court season] to see if there’s potential to try something out there.
“There’s less rush because Jamie’s committed to doing 35 to 40 weeks a year with me and we’re going to be working together every week through until Wimbledon, so I have that continuity and consistency, which I didn’t have last year with Amelie and Jonas [Bjorkman].
“That’s why there’s less of a need or a rush to bring someone in immediately, unless it’s the right person and the right situation.”
Murray also hasn’t dismissed the idea of naming Delgado as his permanent, full-time coach.
“That’s possible, for sure,” he continued.
“I’m always looking to improve, so if there is something that I feel could help me, then for sure I would look into that in terms of another person to help out, and also to give him [Delgado] a break as well from time to time.
“Travelling every single week during the year and every practice week is tough, and it’s the beginning of our relationship just now. Normally over time, when you spend so much time with each other, having a little bit of separation can be good, too.
“He’s pretty calm. He’s a relaxed guy. On top of that, he’s very, very experienced around the tour. He’s played whatever it was, 23 Wimbledons in a row, so he’s been around the game a long, long time.”
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