Tennis enthusiasts over the age thirty-five will certainly recall that Andy Murray’s new coach Ivan Lendl had a coldly uncommunicative way of behaving himself on court. Wojtek Fibak, Lendl’s own mentor told that looking very stern, so serious is a help. Just by the way Ivan is, he gets a lot of free points … Ivan is really an intimidator.
A poker kind of face has never been one of Murray’s primary assets. Andy has an old habit of showing his frustration and rage – a habit which can have boosted his opponents at important moments. Since Ivan Lendl came to coach with him at the beginning of the year, Andy has restricted on the histrionics.
Last week, as he spoke to the Telegraph Sport, the primary subject of conversation between coach and player over the last two months has been the importance of undeviating and whole-hearted effort.
Murray told that one can lost matches, it happens at times, but you are surely not going to roll over. This is the thing they have spoke about in last few months. He also added that any player is not going to be at his bear. But one must show all the players that one is not playing well, at least he needs to fight hard every single week and not reveal any signs of weakness.
Andy’s critics show some of the old bugs – the grim spouting at his support staff, the seizing at different parts of his anatomy – re-emerged in the first stages of the Dubai championship last week, when Ivan was quite safely on the other side of the universe.
Andy has been much disciplined on the tennis court, and the outcomes have responded. His 3 championships have gone well so far and he is really expecting a good year.