Net Talk: Can Murray tempt Cahill?

  • By: Andy Schooler (Twitter: @NetTalkTennis)
  • Last Updated: March 24 2014, 17:27 GMT

As Andy Murray seeks a new coach, our Andy Schooler says he could do worse than give Darren Cahill another call.

Murray (l) and Cahill have worked together in the past
Murray (l) and Cahill have worked together in the past

I've not had much time to write this week but just thought I'd make a quick comment on Andy Murray's coaching situation, his split from Ivan Lendl having come out of the blue.

What took me most by surprise was that Lendl cited wanting to play more as one of his reasons for the partnership coming to an end. Who'd have thought that when he shunned tennis for the golf course upon retirement all those years ago?

Frankly Murray got exactly what he wanted out of the link-up - a Grand Slam title (not just one but two) - and is a better, more respected player as a result of the deal which was struck over Christmas back in 2011.

Now it's about the future and who he chooses to go forward is anyone's guess. The ball is very much in his court and he holds plenty of strong cards - the job of coaching a reigning Grand Slam champion is certainly an attractive one, make no mistake.

Maybe, just maybe, it will tempt Darren Cahill back onto the tour on a regular basis.

The Australian has been there and done it before having coached former world number ones Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt in the past.

And that's the problem - he's now got a media job as a TV commentator and keeps his coaching ticking over as part of the adidas player performance programme which isn't a full-time role. He has also recently become involved with a new project with fellow coaches Paul Annacone, Roger Rasheed and Brad Gilbert - basically if you have the cash you can get one-to-one coaching from some of the world's most respected coaches even if it's over the internet. Their website - protenniscoach.com - is worth checking out.

It all suggests Cahill is not really interested in a return to the tour full-time with the pressures involved with working with a star player.

At 48 and with a wife and two children at home in Las Vegas, does he need the hassle? Probably not, but Murray, who as an adidas-backed player has used Cahill as part of his off-court team in the past, may just want to ask the question one more time, for few candidates hold the CV that the former tour pro does.

Betting

Our betting partners Sky Bet are currently betting on who will be Murray's coach come the start of the French Open and make regular hitting partner and Team Murray member Dani Vallverdu the hot favourite at 1/3.

Essentially the market will be settled in the Venezuelan's favour if nothing changes before then, the price suggesting the bookie doesn't expect a quick appointment.

The aforementioned Darren Cahill is out at 11/1 with current GB Davis Cup captain Leon Smith, who worked with Murray as a youngster, and another renowned coach, Bob Brett, both offered at 10/1.

Both Mats Wilander (25/1) and Andre Agassi (50/1) have been backed so far, with Murray's mother Judy even attracting a few bets at 150/1.

A full list of prices can be found on the Sky Bet website.

As for the ongoing event in Miami, Andy Murray is still going strong for me at a big price, although sadly Marin Cilic failed to live up to his billing. Fingers crossed for the rest of the week!

Stat of the week

At 28 minutes and 20 seconds long, Jarkko Nieminen's 6-0 6-1 win over Bernard Tomic in Miami was the fastest ever completed match on the ATP World Tour. Briton Greg Rusedski was the previous record-holder, having beaten Carsten Arriens 6-0 6-0 in Sydney in 1996.

What you may have missed

Juan Martin Del Potro is undergoing wrist surgery and could miss the rest of the season.

As discussed above, Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl brought an end to their player-coach relationship.

Organisers of the AEGON Championships at Queen's Club announced that Tomas Berdych will be in the field for June's tournament.

This week in tennis

All week - The Sony Open continues in Miami with the women's final on Saturday and the men's on Sunday.

Tuesday - Great Britain captain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith will name his team for next month's quarter-final showdown with Italy in Naples. Today is the deadline for nominations.

Wednesday - The Laureus Sports Awards take place in Kuala Lumpur with Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and the Bryan brothers all in the running for gongs.

Twitter

I've not spotted much on Twitter this week but @ProTennisCch will tell you more about the Darren Cahill-backed coaching project I mentioned.

Don't forget to follow myself - @NetTalkTennis - and the website's feed - @SportingLife - if, scandalously, you don't already.

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