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Murray: Don't blame Mauresmo if I lose at Wimbledon

ESPN staff
June 21, 2014
Andy Murray: "You cannot, as a coach, change anything in five or six days. It is silly to suggest anything otherwise" © Getty Images

Andy Murray says new coach Amelie Mauresmo shouldn't be made a scapegoat if his Wimbledon defence goes up in smoke in the early rounds.

Murray, who gets his tournament underway against Belgium's world No.104 David Goffin on Monday, only started working with Mauresmo last week at Queen's.

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He also insists it will be their chemistry on and off the practice court rather than his results that determines whether their partnership continues beyond the grass-court season.

"I could lose in the first round and it certainly wouldn't be her fault," said Murray, who went out in the third round at Queen's.

"You cannot, as a coach, change anything in five or six days. It is silly to suggest otherwise. But what I can sense is whether I feel like things we are working on in practice are the right things, whether I feel like we communicate well, tactics and the way we talk after a match.

"I have enjoyed the last few days. I don't think the first few were the perfect place to start.

"Every time we were on the practice court and she stood anywhere near me there were the clicks of a hundred cameras. It is normal to be a bit uptight in those circumstances, especially as we did not know each other well at that stage.

"Since Queen's we have managed to get away from everything and spend some time together on court. I had dinner with her on Wednesday night. I suppose the thing that has surprised me is that she has fitted in with the team very quickly."

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