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Andy Murray Says He's "Fairly Close" to Hiring New Coach


Andy Murray says he has decided who he wants to become his next coach, but an announcement will not be made until after the French Open. Murray told BBC Sport that he believes the person he has chosen shares a desire to work together, despite not having yet extended that person a formal offer.

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Murray has been without a coach since splitting with Ivan Lendl in March. Under Lendl's tutelage, Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open, and became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon last year. 

“Hopefully I'm fairly close," Murray said Friday. "I wouldn't expect anything over the next few days but I’m closer than I was in Rome...For me, it's not about rushing into something. It's about getting it right."

Murray has yet to reach a final in 2014, and since splitting from Lendl, he has dropped to No. 8 in the world rankings. 

Whoever his new coach may be, Murray says his goals are still high.

“The target is to win Grand Slams. That's what I want to do. I will pick the person I feel is best able to help me with that. The Ivan situation obviously worked out well. At that stage I hadn't won a Grand Slam, and the goal was to win one. That's still the same goal now.”

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