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Murray Moves Closer To Hiring Coach

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Murray© AFP/Getty ImagesAndy Murray returns to Roland Garros following a one-year hiatus.

Andy Murray addressed the vacant coaching position on his team ahead of his return to Roland Garros.

Murray, who has been without a coach since the departure of Ivan Lendl in March, says that he is “fairly close” in his search. But the World No. 8 acknowledges that it is a delicate process.

“For me it’s not about rushing into something,” said Murray. “It's about getting it right, getting the right person. Until that's the case, I'll keep doing what I'm doing with the guys I'm working with.

“I have met a lot of good people that I respect and I listen to their opinions on my travels, on the tennis tour. I'm not in a panic to get someone, but it's a lot closer than it was. You need to trust your instincts on whether something's going to work or not. That's what I have done in the past, and it's worked fairly well.”

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Murray admitted that he is already closer to hiring a new coach than he was during a quarter-final run at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The Scot displayed his best form of the year despite falling to top seed Rafael Nadal. Following a one-year hiatus, Murray returns to Roland Garros with high hopes for the fortnight ahead.

“I was obviously very disappointed last year to have not come,” said Murray, who reached the 2011 semi-finals. “I have always enjoyed playing here. [It’s] nice to be back.

“It was good progress in Rome and obviously the goal here is to keep that going and remain at that level as often as I can for the rest of the year. Right now, obviously, I have a big focus on these next couple of weeks and hopefully I can have a good run… I need to try and keep that consistency for the next four or five months.”

Murray is seeking to reach his first final since triumphing at Wimbledon last July. He opens against Andrey Golubev, with Düsseldorf Open champion Philipp Kohlschreiber a potential third-round opponent and third seed Stan Wawrinka looming in the quarter-finals.

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