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Fall-out continues for Murray after Wimbledon exit

ESPN staff
July 5, 2014
Dani Vallverdu has been a long-time assistant within Andy Murray's coaching set-up © PA Photos

The discontent surrounding Andy Murray's exit from Wimbledon continues with reports emerging that long-standing members of his coaching team are unhappy at the handling of Amelie Mauresmo's appointment last month.

Reports in The Telegraph suggest Murray held showdown talks with Mauresmo on the back of his quarter-final exit from Wimbledon as the uncertainty increased. Mauresmo has since returned home to France with the issues yet to be resolved.

Dani Vallverdu, who has been working with Murray for four years, is upset over the manner in which he and the rest of the coaching team were kept in the dark over the appointment of Mauresmo. The former Wimbledon ladies' champion was announced as Ivan Lendl's successor via a press release a couple of hours before the French Open final last month.

While it is claimed that there are no personal issues with Mauresmo, there is dissatisfaction within the camp, especially from fitness coach Jez Green.

Murray's limp straight-sets defeat to Grigor Dimitrov accentuated the underlying issues and prompted speculation that there was a growing level of unrest within his camp as he appeared to direct his anger towards his box on Centre Court where Mauresmo, girlfriend Kim Sears and mum Judy Murray sat.

Dimitrov, who was beaten by Novak Djokovic in Saturday's semi-final, admitted he had "sensed" something was up as the pair knocked up before Murray was seen leaving SW19 alone with his agent refusing to comment on the situation.

The two-time grand slam winner insisted there was nothing untoward about his preparation for the game. He is due to head to Miami for a five-week training camp before his next competitive action at the Toronto Masters.

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