“Ivan Lendl understood what it took to get great results” Andy Murray reveals the season for a 3rd stint with the American
Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl
Former World No. 1 and currently ranked 88th in the world, Andy Murray finally ended his hunt for a permanent coach when he announced the hiring of Ivan Lendl for a third term, having enjoyed tremendous success with him during the previous two spells of coaching with the 8-time Grand Slam champion.
Murray had been looking for a permanent coach for a while now and despite trying out multiple coaches for a short spell, the Brit was not happy with the results and the way things were turning out. As Murray looks to solidify his place in the Top-100 having spent 45 months outside the Top-100.
With a brief spell of hardcourt tournaments left before the focus shifts to Clay, Murray brought back Ivan as his head coach with the hopes of challenging for titles during the Grass season and the hardcourt season that will take place in the second half as he has already hinted towards skipping the Golden Swing of the Tour due to the challenges of the surface and the difficulty in adapting to it at his age with a metal hip.
“Ivan was seen as someone very strong mentally, he didn’t show a lot of emotions on the court. Talking with him about how he felt before the Grand Slam finals, he used to be very nervous. He told me that sometimes he throws up before he goes on the pitch, but people see him and think, ‘Oh, how calm he is.
“It’s good to know that’s how everyone feels, even people like him, who have achieved great things in the sport, feel that pressure, those nerves before the big games. He was a winner, that’s what you want around you. In sport, you want to win. He understood what it took to get great results,” said Murray during a recent interview published by the official channel of the Moselle Open.
Andy Murray likely to get wildcard for Miami Masters
Having already received a wildcard for the upcoming 2022 Indian Wells Masters, Murray is likely to get another wildcard for the 2022 Miami Masters that will be played after Indian Wells. Given Murray is a 2-time champion in Miami winning the title in 2009 and 2013 (Lendl was his coach) while also finishing as the runner-up in 2012 and 2015, the Brit is likely to feature at the second masters tournament of the season as well.