Henman rejects Murray coaching role
Tim Henman took himself out of the running to become Andy
Murray’s full-time coach after suggesting that he was not prepared
to jet across the world to aid the British number one’s cause, Sky
Sports reported Wednesday.
Henman was linked with the vacant role after the out-of-form 23
year old announced Tuesday that he parted ways with Alex
Brad Gilbert, a former mentor of Murray, believes that Henman
would be the perfect appointment, as someone who would command the
respect of the current top-ranked Briton.
And while the previous British number one said he would like to
get more involved in tennis again, the 36-year-old former world No.
4 told UK newspaper The Daily Mail that he was not looking to
travel at this time.
“I’m a great supporter of Andy’s and wouldn’t rule out coaching
at some time in the future, but not now,” Henman said.
Murray is enduring the worst slump in form of his career after
losing four matches in a row since his defeat to Novak Djokovic in
the final of the Australian Open.
Failing Henman, Gilbert said Ivan Lendl would be the ideal
candidate to take on the role.
Lendl has no previous experience in a coaching capacity, but the
eight-time grand slam champion has a wealth of experience on the
Tour, having spent 270 weeks at the summit of the sport.
“I don’t think it matters that he hasn’t coached on tour
before,” Gilbert said. “You’re talking about a very smart and
intelligent guy who has incredible experience of the game and has
been through what Andy has in terms of early Grand Slam finals. He
would garner a lot of respect, and he’s not someone who would do
anything unless he could do it properly.”
Lendl’s former coach, the Australian Tony Roche, is also
believed to be interested in helping Murray’s game, although he
currently holds allegiance to the former world number one, Lleyton