The 2012 tennis season is underway and that means we will all be speculating whether or not Andy Murray will win his maiden Grand Slam or not – let’s face it that’s all we have been doing for the last few years.
The Australian Open gets underway on Monday and the Scot is seeded fourth behind major rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
But the major difference for Murray this time around is he has a full time coach in his corner in the form of former world number one Ivan Lend – who has been in his corner since the beginning of the year.
Now when it came to Grand Slams in 2011 Murray had his most successful year making the final of the Australian Open and semi-finals at the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open and it’s hoped that Lendl will get him over the final hurdle.
However the Lendl/Murray partnership cannot be judged on the coming two weeks as this partnership needs to time to establish itself.
But that is not to say that Murray cannot win the Australian Open this time around – he has already got the season off to a winning start when he lifted the Melbourne International earlier this month.
But no doubt the world and his wife have their opinion on Lendl’s appointment and what the pair can achieve in Melbourne and the rest of the year.
But this partnership could well be the key to Grand Slam success for Murray but it may not well happen overnight.
It could be the French Open and Wimbledon by the time we see the Lendl/Murray team really come to fruition.
Of course we would all love to see Murray finally realise his Grand Slam dream over the next fortnight but it may take a little while for Lendl to have an influence on Murray’s game and confidence.
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw