(June 12, 2016) Andy Murray is back with former coach Ivan Lendl. The world No. 2 had recently parted ways with coach Amelie Mauresmo.
Murray who is playing at Queens Club this week, talked to AEGON Champions TV about coming into the grass court season after some rest after the clay court season.
“Yeah, well I took five days off,” said Murray. “I didn’t do anything from Monday to Friday. I came in and practised here on Saturday but yeah I mean I’m obviously excited for the start of the grass court season. You kind of want to get out there and get used to the conditions but also you have to realise how long the clay court season was for me. I’d never done that well on clay before so I needed to let my body rest and recover a little bit before I started practising on the grass again.”
“I think obviously playing matches helps. And the amount of matches that I’ve played as well. Also the situations that I’ve been in, I’ve played a lot of tight matches, quite a lot of long matches so physically I’m not so concerned. Needing to get in much better shape, I think I’ve played enough matches for that. And yeah it’s just a matter of trying to maintain your timing with the change of surface which could take a little bit of time, but the first couple of practices have been good and that’s positive.”
Asked about being back with Lendl, he said:
“Yeah, well hopefully it will be for a long time, from my side. He’s coming over, he’ll be here for the tournament and it’s good for him to spend a bit of time with the rest of the team as well to see how things work out. But provided everything’s good, it will hopefully go on for a long time.”
“I think the most successful period of my career was while I was working with Ivan. I know what he can offer. The experiences he had I think psychologically he helped me in the major competitions and they’re obviously the events I’m trying to win and am competing for. I hope he can bring that same experience and those same benefits that he did last time.”
Murray is aiming for a fifth title at Queen’s Club.
“Yeah it’s a big goal of mine to try and win here a fifth time,” said the Scot. “It’s a great event, always with a really strong field. You know it’s got so much history this event, many of the greatest players ever have played and won here over the years. So if I can do it again and get to five, it would be a big achievement.”
The 29-year-old Murray won two majors and an Olympic gold medal in singles under Lendl’s tutelage – the 2012 gold medal, 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon.
“I had two very successful years working with Ivan, he’s single-minded and knows what it takes to win the big events,” Murray said in a statement on his website. “I’m looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals.”
London, Great Britain
SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 13 JUNE 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
 R. Gasquet (FRA) vs S. Johnson (USA)
[WC] D. Evans (GBR) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB)
F. Lopez (ESP) vs  M. Cilic (CRO)
COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
Qualifying –  K. Anderson (RSA) vs  J. Vesely (CZE) 76(2) 33
B. Paire (FRA) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs  J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)
[WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) vs [WC] A. Bedene (GBR) / K. Edmund (GBR)
COURT 9 start 12:30 pm
Qualifying –  V. Pospisil (CAN) vs T. Kamke (GER) 36 75 00
After suitable rest – [Q] C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) vs K. Anderson (RSA) / R. Bautista Agut (ESP)