Lendl: Oz test will be tough for Andy

Ivan Lendl threw up his version of an Iron Curtain when asked about the state of Andy Murray's mind and his game as the Scot switches his focus to the Australian Open in January.

Loading Comments
Ivan Lendl was tight lipped
Ivan Lendl was tight lipped

Lendl steered Murray to the US Open crown in September, ending Britain's 76-year wait for a men's Grand Slam singles champion.

Many expect Murray to emulate his coach and win several more, but Lendl said it would not be easy.

"I never get into details of his game because it is not necessary for anyone other than Andy to know," Lendl said.

"The goal is to win in Melbourne. But tennis is difficult with (Novak) Djokovic, (Roger) Federer, (Rafa) Nadal and Andy all very good at the moment.

"Yes, he has a chance but I can't make any predictions."

A question on whether Murray could now dominate the sport was rifled straight back like a Lendl service return of old.

"I am not going to go there," he said, "The only way to answer that is to take one match at a time, one tournament at a time and see what happens."

Lendl, in Hong Kong to promote a global 'BNP Paribas Tennis Showdown' event in March in which he will play old nemesis John McEnroe, said it was impossible to compare eras.

"There are many eras in the game and there have been many good players at the same time," he said.

"You can look at the early 80s with (Jimmy) Connors and McEnroe, (Bjorn) Bjorg and myself, you can go back in to the 60s and 70s and there are many good players there."

One comparison he did make and the unflattering conclusion he reached was that he would not be able to live with Murray now. He smiled: "Andy would kill me."


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

The Look Awards, a bra fitting and going veggie at Usha’s.




Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

Jam packed with Empire biscuit making.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.