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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 December 2007, 10:58 GMT
Murray justifies coaching revamp
Andy Murray
Murray has been working in Miami since the 2007 season finished
Andy Murray has defended his decision to employ a team of coaches following his split from Brad Gilbert last month.

Former players such as Michael Stich and Greg Rusedski feel Murray would be better off working with one main coach.

But Murray said: "I know what it's like being on the road all the time with one person and it gets quite stressful."

The British number one says he only wants "a couple of coaches, a couple of trainers and a couple of physios" to work with him during the coming season.

The 20-year-old Scot also insisted the team would not be hired to simply agree with his views.

"If people are thinking that, they don't know me. I don't want people saying, 'You're right'. I want to get better," he told the Daily Telegraph.

I don't want to have five coaches, six trainers and three physios

Andy Murray

"I'm a very good tennis player, I'm 11th in the world and I can do most things well.

"But there are a lot of little things that I can do much better and that's going to be the difference between being ranked 11th and being in the top five - or three - in the world."

He confirmed that despite reports of a big support team, he intends to have "no more than one coach, a fitness trainer and a physio" at any time.

"I don't want to have five coaches, six trainers and three physios," said Murray.

"I want to be in a position where I have a couple of coaches, a couple of trainers and a couple of physios who all get on well with each other and are good at what they do. Then they can rotate with each other.

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"If you travel 30-35 weeks a year, it gets tough. But if you travel 15-16 weeks and you feel fresh and rejuvenated each time you get to a tournament, it's much better. There's not so much pressure on the relationship."

Since the end of the season, Murray has been in Miami working with fitness experts Jez Green and Matt Little and former Great Britain Davis Cup player Miles Maclagan - now a respected coach.

He is yet to decide whether Maclagan will travel with him when he opens his 2008 campaign in Doha in January but he says he is the best prepared he has ever been for a season.

"I've never trained so hard in my life as I have for the last two weeks and I'm really looking forward to my new way of doing things," he added.



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