Murray hopeful Bjorkman can complement coach Mauresmo

Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:49pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - Andy Murray is hopeful that Swede Jonas Bjorkman will share a similar philosophy with his coach Amelie Mauresmo when he joins his team on a trial basis, the Scotsman said on Tuesday.

Bjorkman, a former world number four who retired from professional tennis in 2008, will join Murray's coaching set-up sometime after he finishes his involvement in a Swedish television dance show.

"I don't think he has a huge ego so I wouldn't envisage that being a huge problem," Murray told reporters at the Miami Open, where he is the third seed.

"They have spoken to each other a number of times on the phone, both have said to me that it went very well, they both like each other and know each other from their playing days which is good.

"But obviously until we spend a bit of time together it would be tough to know for sure."

Murray, beaten in this year's Australian Open final by Novak Djokovic, was keen to add some depth to his support crew given Mauresmo's busy schedule.

World number five Murray, twice a grand slam champion, trimmed his entourage at the end of last season with hitting partner Dani Vallverdu jettisoned.

Murray said he often chatted with Bjorkman at tournaments and feels the former Wimbledon and U.S. Open semi-finalist who also excelled as a doubles specialist with nine grand slam titles has plenty to offer.   Continued...

Andy Murray (GBR) during his quarter final match against Feliciano Lopez (ESP) in the BNP Paribas open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Murray won 6-3, 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports