That was virtually 9 years in the past. On December 31, 2011, a few hours earlier than the New Year, Andy Murray introduced that he had enlisted Ivan Lendl as a coach. A shock on the time, and even a supply of mockery. Why Lendl? What took the Scotsman to hunt out this unhappy sire who was definitely a big champion however who had not been seen crusing within the higher echelons of tennis because the finish of his taking part in profession? in 1994. This was the overall feeling on the time.
Almost a decade later, it is tough, nonetheless, to not salute the success of this affiliation. In two intervals of collaboration (2012-2014, then 2016-2017), Murray received with Lendl three Grand Slam titles, an Olympic title, the Masters and conquered the place of world primary.
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Lendl, the champion no person cared about
10/19/2020 At 11:01 PM
During an trade with Mats Wilander and Alex Corretja as a part of the Tennis Legends present on Eurosport, Ivan Lendl defined how and why he had agreed to turn out to be, to everybody’s shock, the coach of the one who then occupied 4th place within the ATP rating however nonetheless stumbled on the final step in Grand Slam. Murray had break up up throughout the season … from Alex Corretja and was on the lookout for a full-time coach. Through Darren Cahill, with whom he had additionally labored, the Briton contacted Lendl, who ended up saying sure, after lengthy discussions.
Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray in coaching.
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“It is very important to ‘match’ on a human level”
“I always say it, when someone contacts me because they have an interest in working with me, it is not only him who questions me, I also ask questions. You have to be compatible, explains Lendl. It is very important to ‘match’ on a human level. You also have to be in agreement on how the player should play. If you think he needs to stay on his bottom line and want to move on, it won’t work because one of the two will be forced to compromise or deny what he believes is right. Compromise cannot work, otherwise you will not be 100% heartfelt in the project. “
From well mannered curiosity to concrete marriage proposal, Andy Murray’s strategy passed off in two phases as Lendl recounts:
“It’s one factor to take a seat in his home in Vero Beach, Florida and one other to get entangled. When Alex left Andy, I obtained a name from Darren Cahill who mentioned ‘is this that you’d agree to fulfill us? We are on the lookout for a coach for Andy, we want to hear your opinion, your concepts. ‘ I mentioned sure, in fact. We met and talked for 3 or 4 hours, talked in regards to the completely different coaches he may take, and so forth. Then I got here dwelling and I did not assume an excessive amount of about it. I then obtained one other name and was requested ‘would you be fascinated about getting the job?’ I informed them ‘this is very completely different, now we have to fulfill once more as a result of I’ve a ton of inquiries to ask.’ “
“On the courtroom, the much less feelings there are, the higher you play for my part”
It was therefore only after being certain that the two men were in full agreement humanly and professionally that Lendl said yes to Murray. From theory to practice, their understanding has never wavered and the results have followed. Perhaps because, thanks to the solid basis of their pact, each one was able to remain himself.
Lendl brought calm and serenity to his foal, when he needed it most. And by remaining himself. As in the box of the Scots, where his impassiveness, regardless of the turn and the stake of the matches, made the happiness of the scoffers. When everyone was excited around him, belching, screaming, encouraging or bitching, Lendl never flinched.
“To start with, I discovered that there have been sufficient feelings like that within the field, Lendl smiles. They have been all leaping round on a regular basis. But above all, I consider that Andy is a very emotional person who needed calm. This calm helped him. It wasn’t calculated on my half, however I believe it was good for Andy. Emotionally he may have ups and downs and in tennis, like golf, you possibly can’t afford it. You need to be measured on a regular basis. I believe having somebody balanced by his aspect, who does not let his feelings take maintain, was good for him. On the courtroom the much less feelings the higher you play for my part. “
Everyone standing in Andy Murray’s box … except Ivan Lendl, seated and unperturbed.
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“I believe Andy nonetheless has a ardour for this sport”
Age and success helping, Andy Murray ended up calmly apprehending almost all situations. Like this Masters 2016, where the title, at home in London, was at stake, as was the world number one place at the end of the season. It was played in the very last match of the year, in the Masters final, against Novak Djokovic, his rival in that race. “There was no nervousness in any respect, assures the native of Ostrava. I used to be very assured about Andy’s probabilities in opposition to Novak. He was taking part in very nicely, he had solely misplaced one match since Roland Garros I consider, on the US Open. There was no purpose to be nervous. “Murray won in straight sets and it was the last big moment of common glory for the two men.
Since their paths parted, arguably for good, Lendl has worked with Alexander Zverev, who won the Masters in 2018 while Lendl was his coach. Murray, him, struggles to find his best level. During the last Roland-Garros, the Scotsman disappeared in the first round by delivering a non-match, dragging his misery onto the court. His former friend, however, wants to believe that he still loves tennis: “From what I can know, from the exchanges I’ve with his family members, Andy nonetheless has ardour. He’s making an attempt to show he can actually come again after this severe hip surgical procedure and everybody must be behind him. What occurred at Roland Garros is not regular, one thing will need to have occurred, I do not know what, however I believe Andy nonetheless has a ardour for this sport. “
Ivan Lendl has returned to a calmer life at home in Connecticut. At 60, with his successes with Murray and Zverev, could he resume service? Alex Corretja asked him the question, but his answer can only be conditioned on full agreement on the substance and form of the work to be undertaken, as he had explained in the case of the Briton. “There are a lot of fine younger gamers on the market, and I do not wish to dodge this query, however I actually cannot reply it immediately.“, he admits. Notice to amateurs. Lendl coach? Trying it is obviously adopting it.
Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl after the title at Wimbledon in 2013.
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