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Lawn Tennis: Murray going to Wimbledon with no new coach.

Byline: BY ANDY TILLEY

BRITISH number two Andy Murray is no longer expecting to link up with a new coach in time for his Wimbledon campaign.

The 19-year-old Scot has been without a permanent coach since parting company with Mark Petchey in April but had hoped to appoint a replacement in time for the Gland Slam event.

American Brad Gilbert appears most likely to become Petchey's successor after talks earlier this month with the player's representative as well as the Lawn Tennis Association.

Formerly coach to Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, Gilbert met Murray's agent, Patricio Apey, as well as LTA boss Roger Draper who is keen to appoint a replacement for departed performance programme boss David Felgate.

But Murray has now resigned himself to arriving at Wimbledon without a new coach.

He said: "I won't be getting a new coach before Wimbledon.

"But after Wimbledon I definitely hope to have a new coach before heading out to America.

"I'm comfortable with that situation."

World number 45 Murray is in Nottingham after accepting a wildcard place at the Red Letter Days Open following a first-round exit at the Stella Artois Championships.

His invitation follows Greg Rusedski's withdrawal from the event because of a hip injury.

Murray last played at Nottingham as a 16-year-old, only to be knocked out in the last round of the qualifying stages.

And after winning only three of his last 12 matches, Murray heads into a first round match against Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

"Dmitry can play some great games," said Murray. "He can play well against anyone and he dominates a lot of points, so they key will be to not give Dmitry too many opportunities on the second serve and not make any bad mistakes.

"My confidence isn't too bad because I just think I played a bad match at Queen's, most 19-year-olds play a bad match every now and again.

"I think the main factor was I didn't adjust to the change of surface.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2006
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