Andy Murray insisting coach a long term deal

Last updated 07:26 05/08/2014
Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo
LIKES TRAINING: Andy Murray shares a laugh with coach Amelie Mauresmo.

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Andy Murray returns to action this week for the first time since surrendering his Wimbledon crown, insisting his coaching liaison with Amelie Mauresmo is long-term.

The Scot began working with Frenchwoman Mauresmo shortly before Wimbledon, but a disappointing grasscourt season raised question marks about the longevity of their partnership.

Murray, however, said he has enjoyed working with the former Wimbledon champion at his training base in Miami as he prepared for the US hardcourt season, which concluded later this month with the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

''We've agreed to work together and I think from both sides we're willing to do what it takes to make it work long term,'' Murray, 27, was quoted on the BBC's website ahead of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, where he was seeded eighth.

''I really enjoy working with her, she's helped me a lot.

''She integrated well with the rest of the team. It's been a good start. Now it's about me producing the results.''

The next few months were critical for Murray who dropped down to 10th in the world rankings following his Wimbledon quarterfinal defeat by Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

Murray was without a title for more than a year and was also struggling to qualify for the year-ending World Tour Finals in London with the likes of Dimitrov and Canada's Milos Raonic beginning to make deep inroads into the top 10.

Mauresmo's task would be to help Murray return to the kind of form that saw him win the US Open in 2012, when he beat Novak Djokovic in an epic final.

''I sat down with her the day after Wimbledon, we made a plan for the next few months, in the build up to the US Open,'' Murray said.

''(Hitting partner) Dani (Vallverdu) and Amelie will both be there at the US Open.

''That's the plan for now, but I plan on working with her for longer than post-US Open, for sure.''

Murray could face a tricky start in Toronto with Australian upstart Nick Kyrgios, Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon conqueror, a likely second-round opponent.

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