Leon Smith: 'Murray had ridiculous hand-eye coordination even at five'


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Leon Smith: 'Murray had ridiculous hand-eye coordination even at five'

Throughout his career, Andy Murray has switched coaches very often. Only since 2012 he has seen some stability with first Ivan Lendl, then Amelie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman, then again Lendl and Jamie Delgado. In an interview to Standard, a couple of Murray's coaches revealed some anecdotes about the world no.

2. The first one who watched him is the British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith, who saw a five-year-old Murray playing with a plastic racket in one hand, a sponge ball in the other. 'Andy had ridiculous hand-eye coordination even at five,' said Smith, who was also asked if he already thought that Murray could become a champion and Grand Slam winner. 'You’ve no way of knowing at that age.

He could problem solve and he knew everyone’s game inside out. He might be having fun on the side of the court but he’d still be studying everyone’s game.' One of the most important coaches in Andy's career has been Brad Gilbert, who pushed him to play more aggressively, which was the key to triumph at Major level.

'We still speak', revealed the ESPN analyst. 'After that ended he kept on doing things I was asking him to do like being more aggressive. You knew that if he continued in that way that great things were going to happen because he was a great talent even back then.' ALSO READ: Mouratoglou: 'Federer has his best chance at Wimbledon