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Tennis: Murray close to hiring new coach

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray revealed he is close to appointing a new coach after identifying the person he wants to succeed Ivan Lendl.

PARIS: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray on Friday revealed he is close to appointing a new coach after identifying the person he wants to succeed Ivan Lendl.

Murray began his coaching search last month after the announcement that the Scottish star's successful two-year partnership with Lendl had ended.

The 27-year-old, who won Wimbledon, the US Open and the men's Olympic singles gold medal during his time with Lendl, has been linked with legends like John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, as well as well-respected coaches Bob Brett and Larry Stefanki.

Brett and Roger Rasheed have been considered by Murray in the past but the latter's successful partnership with Grigor Dimitrov means he is not a contender this time.

Murray, who is in Paris as he prepares for the French Open, confirmed he has one name in mind and he has held talks with that person, although no deal has yet been offered or agreed.

"There's always a few complications but as long as the desire from both people is to work together then hopefully it can happen soon," Murray told the BBC.

It would be a surprise were Murray to name his coach during the French Open, with the announcement likely to come in time for the pre-Wimbledon tournament at Queen's Club in two weeks.

"I wouldn't expect anything over the next few days, obviously," Murray said,

"It'll be whenever it's right, basically. For me, it's not about rushing into something. It's about getting it right, getting the right person. Until that's the case, I'll keep doing what I'm doing with the guys I'm working with.

"I chat to a few people about it, but ultimately it has to come down to the player/coach relationship, that's very important.

"There are people that I can speak to about things. I have met a lot of good people that I respect and listen to their opinions on the tennis tour.

"I'm not in a panic to get someone, but it's a lot closer than it was."

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