While McEnroe usually plies his trade at Wimbledon by yelling his catchphrase from the commentary box, the 55-year old could be set to add another role to his summer schedule in London if his offer of coaching is taken up by Murray.
Despite Murray’s ‘hilarious’ April Fool’s jape claiming he was set to name his new coach almost a month ago, the Scotsman is still searching for a coach since splitting from Ivan Lendl in March. And Murray could be set to spring a genuine surprise by naming everyone’s favourite shouty American as his new coach ahead of this summer’s Wimbledon defence.
With Wimbledon kicking off just three weeks after the end of the French Open, Murray would ideally like to have established a relationship with any new coach before he arrives in SW19 looking to defend the title he won last summer amid more national fanfare than V-Day.
While Murray has been linked with a number of experienced coaches since his split from Lendl, the Scot has admitted McEnroe’s achievements in the game would have any player considering hiring him as their coach, despite the three-time Wimbledon champion having never previously coached professionally before.
“Every player would consider someone with his credentials. I like listening to him commentate and he has a lot to offer as well. When you are very competitive as a player, you are likely to be the same as a coach and that’s also a benefit. He has a great knowledge of the sport,” he said.
While injuries have interrupted much of Murray’s early season, the two-time Grand Slam winner will return to the scene of his greatest success right up there with the favourites for the Wimbledon title alongside Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
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