Murray splits with Corretja and mulls big name mentor

BRITISH No1 Andy Murray has paved the way for the appointment of a big-name coach by parting company with consultant and long-term ally Alex Corretja.

The split comes after a woeful series of defeats since the Australian Open final in January, most recently at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, which have contributed to a sense of crisis in the Scot’s camp.

Murray (right) has been increasingly urged to hire a high-profile, full-time mentor as he looks to end his quest for a first grand slam title, although concerns have been raised over his willingness to take advice.

However, the world No5’s separation from Corretja will be seen as a welcome step towards addressing concerns about the lack of title-winning experience in Murray’s corner.

He said: “I’ve had a really good relationship with Alex over the past three years. I have learned so much.”

MURRAY MENTORS | COACH OPTIONS

Ivan Lendl: The Czech eight-time slam winner has a no-nonsense temperament that could suit Murray, but lacks experience as a coach

Jimmy Connors: Another hugely decorated ex-player, the American coached his compatriot Andy Roddick for 18 months

Darren Cahill: Australian was an unremarkable player but became a hugely successful coach of Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, among others

Bob Brett: Another Australian who has worked with stars Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic

Mats Wilander: Swedish former world No1 has coached Marat Safin and Paul-Henri Mathieu