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Murray wary of regression without full-time coaching

ESPN staff
March 26, 2015
Andy Murray will soon begin a trial period working with both Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and Amelie Mauresmo © Getty Images

Andy Murray has expressed fears that his game will regress without full-time coaching in a candid exchange with a fellow Twitter user as he prepares to add former world No.4 Jonas Bjorkman to his support team.

The world No.4 entered into an extended conversation on the social network with a tennis fan who had originally taunted him during the BNP Paribas Open Final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who beat Murray to reach the final.

Electing to engage with @HomeboyHotel, who advised Murray to learn some lessons from the "big boys" - and has heard from Murray in the past - the former Wimbledon and US Open champion replied: "There is nothing wrong with strong opinions at all... But it's strange to have such strong opinions [while] knowing little about the subject you are discussing."

Murray defended coach Amelie Mauresmo, criticised by the user in the past for being a less authoritative voice in the Scot's camp following his partnership with Ivan Lendl, which brought him two grand slams and an Olympic gold medal.

However, when asked where he needed to "step it up" and beat the likes of Djokovic, who has beaten him in nine of their past 10 encounters including January's Australian Open final, and Federer, who subjected Murray to the 6-0 6-1 defeat that ended his season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Murray admitted that he had "regressed" during February, when Mauresemo could not travel with him.

Murray announced shortly before the BNP Paribas Open that Bjorkman will soon join his team on a trial basis to work alongside Mauresmo, whose commitments as French Fed Cup captain prevented her from working with the 27-year-old after his fourth Australian Open final defeat.

Murray also conceded that his previous strategy of focusing solely on the grand slams needed to be reconsidered, but insisted his game was in a good place after a difficult 2014 season.

Murray will face Donald Young in the second round of the Miami Open, the year's second Masters 1000 event, having beaten the American in convincing fashion during Great Britain's Davis Cup victory against the United States in Glasgow earlier this month.

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