Ivan Lendl Coaching Andy Murray in the Mental Game of Tennis

Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr

With Ivan Lendl coaching Andy Murray in the mental game of tennis we shall see the results of this collaboration when he plays in Dubai. The importance of the inner game in the Scots tactics will hopefully have changed any negative energy to be focused more on the game rather than the emotions of the player. There were hints of this at the Australian Open, but not yet solid enough to topple the Serbian superstar, Novak Djokovic—who sits firmly atop the No. 1 in ATP rankings.

Murray has the potential to continue being a threat to the top ranking men’s singles tennis stars, but still needs something new and progressive in his game to achieve dominance. With 8 time Grand Slam winner Lendl at the helm as his coach, the world No. 4 has a chance to remodel his performance and gaining a confident and controlled mental tennis strategy.

Ivan Lendl Coaching Andy Murray in the Mental Game of Tennis

Jo Carter reports:

Ivan Lendl Coaching Andy Murray in the Mental Game of Tennis

Ivan Lendl Coaching Andy Murray in the Mental Game of Tennis

While Lendl will not be in Murray’s box in Dubai this week – he is playing on the ATP Champions Tour in Florida this week, the Scot is likely to be showing the results of ten hard days on the practice courts.

“I was up at seven each morning and going to bed at 9:30 each night because I was so tired,” Murray said. “We did a lot of long, hard drills. I was spending about four hours on the court each day with various hitting partners.”

Technically, Murray is one of the most gifted players of his generation, but it has been his mental approach that has been found wanting. During his defeat to Djokovic in Melbourne the Brit showed signs of a calmer approach, and we can expect to see more of that in the coming weeks.

The long and short of it means Murray has just 20 ranking points to defend in the coming months. Unless he withdraws from any of the three tournaments he is scheduled to play – Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami – he cannot walk away from the spring hard-court season with fewer points than he started with.

With three tournaments on outdoor hard courts – surfaces perfectly suited to his game – Murray could pick up an extra 2580 points before the clay court season gets underway in April.

Federer has 720 points to defend, Nadal has a not insignificant 1200, while Djokovic has 2000 points to defend. Such was his dominance in 2011 that Djokovic’s position at the top of the pile is safe for some time to come, but Murray is likely to have his sights on the No. 3 spot at the very least.

Short of picking up an injury, the Scot can afford to use the coming weeks as an opportunity to show just how much he has progressed, not just since last year, but since the start of 2012.

At best, he picks up a few new shiny trophies and boosts his ranking points (and his bank balance), but even more importantly he has the chance to test drive his new game against the world’s best.

Murray has nothing to lose and everything to gain in Dubai this week. He can afford to play with freedom and really gauge if (and by how much) he has progressed. Click here to visit the original source of this post

Ivan Lendl coaching Andy Murray in the mental game of tennis and the hard work that Murray is putting into his training, the outcome of that union between hands on experience and the talents of the Scotsman will soon be revealed. The inner game training methods Lendl has up his sleeve could only serve to strengthen Murray’s game to result in a new-found edge in order to mix up his game with a brightened arsenal and mental attitude.

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