ANDY MURRAY has hailed his new-look team after getting off to a flying start in 2015 and revealed that he has started working regularly with a sports psychologist.
The Scot made a host of changes to “Team Murray” last season, hiring Amelie Mauresmo as coach to replace Ivan Lendl who left his post in March and then stopping working with long-time friend Dani Vallverdu and fitness trainer Jez Green.
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Murray and Vallverdu met at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Spain more than a decade ago and the Venezuelan took on an increasingly important role in the coaching team. He was highly valued by Lendl, while Green had been part of Team Murray for seven years.
Those changes raised some eyebrows when they were made in November but Murray has started the new year with five wins, including one over world No.3 Rafael Nadal, and the 27-year-old is happy with his new set-up.
“The most important point in any team is that everyone has the same vision, everyone wants to move forward together,” he told the Australian Independent.
“I feel that’s what I have now. Maybe the last four or five months of last year it wasn’t like that.
“It’s not as much fun travelling when that’s the case. If everyone isn’t right into it, that isn’t how you want to work.”
He added: “From the way that I’ve played in the matches so far, I think for me there’s already a difference compared with even the end of last year. I’ve had time to work on stuff. I feel good. I feel more confident. I feel like I’ve worked and practised on the right things. I feel like my team is focused on what needs to be done.
“Everyone is pulling together in the same direction. And that makes a huge difference.”
Murray also spoke about working with a sports psychologist, although he was undecided as to whether he or she would become a full-time member of his new staff.
“I’ve been working with someone for a number of months now,” he said. “I don’t know if I feel like I need to travel with [a psychologist], but it’s not something I’m closed-minded about.
“I think when it comes to psychology it has to be something that the player wants and the player buys into. When it’s someone else’s suggestion in the past I haven’t felt like it’s worked. But just now I think it’s working well.”
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