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Berdych hires former Murray coach Vallverdu

ESPN staff
December 16, 2014
Dani Vallverdu, right, was part of Andy Murray's team for five years © Getty Images
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Andy Murray's former hitting partner Dani Vallverdu is to coach Tomas Berdych following his departure from the British No.1's team.

Vallverdu, 28, had worked with Murray for the past five years after the pair struck up a friendship while training at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona.

Vallverdu's role in Murray's team increased under Ivan Lendl, but the Venezuelan took a step back when Amelie Mauresmo succeeded Lendl as the Briton's coach in the summer.

Murray announced last month that Vallverdu and fitness trainer Jez Green would be leaving his coaching team, a split which he described as "mutual".

Vallverdu, however, has wasted little time in finding a new job, landing the position of coach to world No.7 Berdych.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Berdych said: "Dear fans and friends ... my new coach for next year will be Danny Vallverdu and Azuz Simcich ... Thank you to Tomas Krupa and David Vydra for great time and fantastic work."

Berdych began working with fellow Czech Krupa in 2009 but had been searching for a new influence after seeing most of his rivals appoint big-name coaches.

He approached Lendl, who won eight grand slams as a player, but the 54-year-old said he was too busy to return to coaching on the tour.

Murray, who is currently at his pre-season training camp in Miami, intends to appoint a replacement for Vallverdu to work alongside Mauresmo.

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