Deposed Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has spent
a busy couple of days pacifying his well-established support team after
disquiet emerged because he appointed Amelie Mauresmo as coach without
consulting the rest of the camp.
Murray kept a low profile over finals weekend at
the All England Club, preferring instead to play a game of five-a-side
football with his friends to forget about his quarterfinal loss against
Grigor Dimitrov. A notable absentee was Dani Vallverdu, a constant in
his team for several years.
Vallverdu is understood to be back home in
Venezuela but before he left England, Murray had a long conversation
with him to explain why the appointment of Mauresmo was not previously
“Andy and Dani had a chat and everything is fine
now,” insisted Matt Gentry, managing director of Murray’s 77 company.
“It is a fact that the arrival of Amelie was not discussed with the guys
in the team beforehand but that’s the way Andy does things. It was the
same with Ivan Lendl.
“However Andy has now spoken to all the guys and
he is confident that everything has been sorted out. They are just
taking some time off but will be back together when he begins training
Vallverdu has known Murray since their days
together at the Casal-Sanchez Tennis Academy in Barcelona. During his
time as Murray’s coach, Lendl regularly praised the role played by
Vallverdu and insisted he was more than capable of becoming head coach
in his own right.
The remainder of the Murray team; fitness
trainers Jez Green and Matt Little and physiotherapist Mark Bender were
also kept in the dark about Mauresmo who was only employed on a trial
basis through the grass court season.
No official announcement has been made whether
she will remain for the upcoming US Open series where Murray will play
in Toronto and Cincinnati before the year’s concluding Grand Slam event.