Andy Murray is to marry his long-term girlfriend, Kim Sears, but the news of their engagement broke on a day when the Scot announced the ending of two of his longest and strongest partnerships in tennis. Dani Vallverdu, one of Murray’s best friends and a key part of his coaching team, and Jez Green, one of his two fitness trainers, have both parted company with the World No 6.
Murray popped the question to Sears, his girlfriend of nine years, last Wednesday, which was presumably around the time he was also in talks with Vallverdu and Green. The departure of the two stalwarts underlines Murray’s faith in Amélie Mauresmo, who became his coach in the summer. John McEnroe said earlier this month that the Frenchwoman could hardly be called “a roaring success”, but Murray has always insisted that any coaching arrangement needs time.
Although his season picked up with his qualification for the year-end championships in London, Murray suffered his heaviest defeat for seven years when he won only one game against Roger Federer at the O2 Arena