London: Andy Murray says he would consider working with John McEnroe, the Eighties legend who remains one of the game’s biggest names, when he appoints his next coach.
Were it to happen, this alliance would have an ironic subtext. For much of the past two years, Murray has enjoyed a successful coaching relationship with Ivan Lendl — the Czech who spent most of his own career in bitter rivalry with McEnroe.
McEnroe is not understood to have been on the shortlist of “seven or eight names” Murray has been deliberating over, but he declared an interest last week while doing the pre-publicity for a veterans’ event that he will be playing in Edinburgh next month.
“When you get opportunities to coach great players, it is definitely something that would be tempting to think about,” McEnroe said.
“Some of these situations are tempting for anyone. My phone has not been ringing off the hook but, at the same time, if the right situation came along ...”
On Saturday Murray picked up on McEnroe’s comments and said: “Every player would consider someone with his credentials. I like listening to him commentate and he has a lot to offer as well. It’s interesting but if anything comes from it, who knows?
“Obviously when someone like that shows an interest, you have to take that into consideration because he is a great tennis player.
“He loves the game, is very passionate about it and was extremely competitive as well.”