Chris Evert believes Ivan Lendl is the perfect choice to once over again guide Andy Murray every bit the Scot bids to return to the upper echelons of the ATP rankings.
The 3-time G Slam champion enjoyed 2 highly successful spells with Lendl as his motorcoach and he has turned to the Czech for a third fourth dimension to try to ignite his 2022 entrada.
Murray reached the final of the Sydney international ahead of the Australian Open up but suffered a disappointing directly sets loss to Taro Daniel in round 2 in the Melbourne major, which prompted him to terminate a trial with German jitney Jan De Witt.
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The former world No. 1 all the same feels he has more to say at the highest level of the men’s game and Evert understands why Murray has opted to re-appoint a man who helped guide him to the finest achievements of his career.
“I beloved Lendl. I love what he did with Andy when they were together,” said Evert during an exclusive interview with Eurosport.
“I dearest the success they had together, everything that he taught Andy, everything that he introduced to Andy, his coaching technique with Andy. I just feel similar he enhanced everything that Andy had.
“I was so happy when I saw that they were back together, happy for both of them.
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I have a lot of respect for Lendl every bit a coach. I think he’s really smart, intuitive, observant, and he knows Andy in and out. And so if Andy wants to put ane last squeeze into his game, Lendl is the perfect person to ask to be along for the ride.
Murray had been runner up in iii Chiliad Slam finals prior to appointing Lendl at the start of 2012 for what was their offset spell together.
Another concluding defeat at Wimbledon followed before he fabricated the breakthrough in the majors at the US Open to follow up winning golden at the London Olympics.
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A maiden Wimbledon title ensued in 2013 before they parted ways. However, but one major concluding advent in the next 2 years prompted Lendl to return to the Murray campsite in 2016 and more success followed at Wimbledon and at the Rio Olympics.
The Scot would terminate the year as the globe number ane but injury dampened his hopes of continued success, with major hip surgery putting his career in serious jeopardy.
Murray has been struggling to find a path back to where he thinks he belongs ever since just Evert is convinced Lendl tin go something extra from his sometime protege.
“I retrieve he brings a hard work ethic,” she said. “He helped him with the emotional and mental element equally well. Expect at the manner that Ivan played, just very stoic, unemotional, workmanlike. That influence made Andy stronger mentally.
“I don’t know what he tells Andy, just it just seemed to me that Andy was playing a little more aggressive during that time and non as passive. He was trusting, going for his shots a lilliputian fleck more and [was more] confident. But Lendl was all about difficult work, and I’m sure he put Andy through the wringer. I tin can hear him say things similar “Look! You got to be the fittest guy out there, OK? If you’re not the best tennis player, at to the lowest degree exist the fittest like I was”, putting a lot into the concrete part.”
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Murray, now ranked 88 in the earth, volition hope to put solid runs together at both Indian Wells and the Miami Masters over the grade of the side by side month earlier spending time training with Lendl as he skips the dirt swing in preparation for the grass flavor.
Evert does not believe Lendl would render if he didn’t see the potential for Murray to improve further and she expects both volition be committed to making it a meaning success.
“Information technology says that Andy’s putting in 100%, that he’south not trying to cut corners, that he wants to requite it 1 terminal hurrah and ane concluding big push to be the best he tin can be,” she added.
“And what it says well-nigh Lendl is that he was up for a challenge. He was up for the challenge, and he’south going to enjoy it. I call up he has the belief that Andy can become upwards another level or two nether his guidance.”
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