Imitation is the best form of flattery.
Changing coaches is all the rage in men’s tennis these days. Following the creation of the a deliciously waffle cone filled with chocolate swirls, also known as “the Federcone“, Andy Murray announced in LA that he has parted ways with Miles Maclaggan, his coach over the last 2 years, citing a difference of opinions.
“It obviously was a hard decision and one that wasn’t the nicest thing to have to take,” Murray said. “But it wasn’t that tough to make up my mind because we were quite far apart in what we thought.”
“It wasn’t necessarily something that Miles wasn’t bringing. We had a chat when we were in Miami about how we saw things. We all saw things pretty differently. Between the three of us we obviously had different ideas and different ways of seeing things, what I felt was beneficial to me and what Miles and Alex felt was beneficial to me.
“I need to be comfortable in the set-up that I have – have 100% confidence that everyone that’s working with me believes it’s the right thing to do. The last few years have gone very, very well, but I want to try and get to No. 1 in the world and try to win Grand Slams.”
Now coachless ahead of the US Open, Andy Murray is on the look-out for a new coach. Speculation in the UK media has named the four main contenders for the prized (or cursed) position to be Cahill, Roche, Groeneveld, and Todd Martin.
“It’s easy to start over-thinking things and over-analysing things,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a problem with my game. I just need to get better, and that’s something that maybe hasn’t happened the last four or five months.
“Hopefully by getting a new coach and a new coaching team in place, that will help me do that, and hopefully achieve my goals.”
Murray isn’t the only one reshuffling his team, the tennis slumbers between Wimbledon and the US Open series is anything but slumberous. Blich is reporting (clickey) that Roger’s former coach Peter Lundgren has finished his work with mini-Fed Grigor Dimitrov, and will commence working with Stan Wawrinka as early as August 2010.
That man sure has a thing for singlehanded backhands.