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What now for coach-less Murray?

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Jonathan Overend | 10:14 UK time, Wednesday, 28 July 2010

While the relationship between Andy Murray and Miles Maclagan was undoubtedly successful for both player and coach, both will probably be relieved it's over.

Their split was announced on Tuesday night in a brief statement from Murray's management company which suggested the partnership had simply run its course.

"I've had a great relationship with Miles over the past two-and-a-half years and I want to thank him for his positive contribution" said Murray.

Maclagan said: "It's been a privilege to work with Andy as his coach and I'm happy to have played my part in his career."

All very amicable then. You have the CDs, I'll keep the sofas.

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Murray can still beat the best

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Jonathan Overend | 19:36 UK time, Sunday, 4 July 2010

After playing so well at the Australian Open, only losing to one of the all-time greats Roger Federer, Andy Murray understandably granted himself a period of reflection and recuperation.

It was absolutely necessary, the body and mind wrung dry by winter workouts, meticulous preparation and a close-to-perfect tournament, but coming so early in the season, the break set him back and at tournaments in Dubai and North America, he underperformed.

Then came the clay season, with its predictable collection of OK performances but relatively early defeats, and Murray was a long way away from his peak.

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Jonathan Overend's Wimbledon diary

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Jonathan Overend | 19:22 UK time, Thursday, 1 July 2010

I thought I would guide you through my day at Wimbledon to give you a quick insight into life as a tennis commentator at a major tournament.

Some people assume I walk into Wimbledon, pick up the microphone, talk for a bit and then go home. As you will read, there is more to the job than that.

I am staying at a friend's house in Wimbledon which is absolutely perfect, especially when the 5 Live Breakfast programme comes calling.

Today I was needed on the air at 8.10am, so my alarm went at 7am and after listening to the sports bulletins on Radio 4 and 5 Live, I was out of the door at 7.45.

My walk through Wimbledon Park, where the spectators camp overnight to join the queue, took me past five tents already pitched by people wanting Andy Murray tickets on Friday.

Two overnights in a tent! Great dedication, and it's the same every year.

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