I don’t think anyone expected such news to come out just as the year ends, but today, as Great Britain was slowly entering its New Year’s Eve celebrations and Australia (where he’s playing his first event of the season, in Brisbane) had already started its New Year, the BBC made a stunning announcement: Andy Murray has hired legend Ivan Lendl as his new full-time coach for 2012.
Talk about a bomb to end the year!
The news came as a little bit of a surprise, especially when we recall that Murray had turned Lendl down the first time he expressed an interest in coaching him several months ago, and that the Brit had many times declared himself content with his coaching situation. However, Murray and Lendl met during the Scot’s last week in Florida and finally came to an agreement to work together this season.
It’s a very bold move for the World no 4, as Lendl comes with no coaching experience. However, I’m pretty sure that his experience as a player, as well as his discipline, will help Murray finding what’s missing for him to finally win his first Grand Slam title. After all, if there’s a person who knows how to recover from lost Grand Slam finals to finally win his first, it is Ivan Lendl (he lost his first four Grand Slam finals before finally winning his first, at Roland Garros in 1984, when he came back from a two-set deficit to defeat John McEnroe in the finals). During his 16-year career, Czech-born Lendl won 94 titles, including eight Grand Slams.
This move also shows that Murray has understood that he needed a real full-time coach in order to win this elusive maiden Grand Slam title. Hopefully Lendl’s input will be the missing piece of Murray’s Grand Slam puzzle. Lendl’s appointment is effective as of today and I’m looking forward to see how this partnership turns out.
Nevertheless, the news really make 2011 end with quite a bang in the tennis world.
Yesterday, I wished you all a very happy New Year. Today, I realize I should also thank each and every one of you for your support and help in making Running Forehand what it is. I’ve been holding this blog for a very short period of time, but all of you make it very worth the work I put into it.
Thank you for being here. It was quite an eventful year for me as far as everything is concerned and your support means a lot.
As I reflect on this year, I need to extend very special thanks to the folks of BATennis, for whom I had the privilege of covering my very first tournament (in Montreal last summer), and who, without at first knowing me, gave me their full confidence in that coverage. Happy I didn’t disappoint. 😉 I’m looking forward to having the chance of working with them again in the coming year. Muchas gracias por todo. No saben lo que significa para mi tener la gran suerte de conocerlos. Gracias por el apoyo y seguiré apoyandolos el año que viene y los siguientes también. Hacen un trabajo estupendo. ¡Que siga la buena onda! ¡Un gran abrazo a todo el equipo! Nos vemos en febrero…
As well, special thanks to all of my friends who have, almost day in and day out, to cope with my eternal insecurity as a writer. I owe you guys more than you think.
And, again, to everyone, the happiest of New Years!