In an interview to Tennis Podcast, Larry Stefanki recalled when he refused to work with Andy Murray. The American said: “First of all, I really enjoy Andy Murray’s company. He’s one of the most fun guys in the locker room I’ve ever been around.
He’s got the driest sense of humour. He’s hilarious to me. And I respect him as a competitor. When he’s at his best he can play offence and defence. When they approached me, he was No.68 in the world. But I decided to go with Fernando Gonzalez for multiple reasons.
I didn’t want to take on the challenge of Murray at that time”. He added: “I just knew that it was going to be another Marcelo Ríos in terms of raising another kid. He was 18-years-old. I have three boys, I know what it’s like.
It’s not just hitting tennis balls. It becomes your life. You’re with someone 40 weeks a year. It’s a long road and at that stage of my life, I wasn’t ready to take that on. I went with the 25-year-old Fernando who was ranked about twenty in the world and with a huge forehand. I made that choice. I don’t regret it at all”.