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Andy Murray Could Be Better Off Without Amélie Mauresmo, Says Virginia Wade

07/07/2014 11:56 BST | Updated 07/07/2014 11:59 BST

Andy Murray should consider working without a coach after his quarter-final Wimbledon exit, according to Virginia Wade.

This tournament was Murray's first grand slam working with France's 2006 Wimbledon winner Amélie Mauresmo, who he appointed as successor to Ivan Lendl only the previous month.

Ahead of Wimbledon, Wade said she thought Murray's decision to hire Mauresmo was a joke and was struggling to understand the logic behind it.

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Mauresmo was appointed Murray's coach last month

And speaking on Sunday to BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme, former Wimbledon champion Wade said: "I think it was very optimistic to think she (Mauresmo) could have an impact in a couple of weeks before a major tournament.

"I feel that he learned so much from Lendl that it is not that essential that he actually has somebody telling him what to do.

"He needs to implement all that himself. He has a great team around him, so possibly he was better just doing the thinking himself.

"I'm not 100 per cent sure about that, because I know that he has people in his team that are very good tennis people.

"But unless he can find the right person to be his coach, I think he is better off to fight a bit on his own and assimilate all of the stuff he has heard from Lendl and from his own experience, and work on that."

She added: "I think if the Amelie relationship is going well, absolutely keep her on.

"But I think it was really worrying for him, the last few months with all the speculation which certainly was worrying for all of us, that a decision could not be made - that he did not know who was likely to be there.

"If he can continue with Amelie, I think that would be great, but I'm still saying that he is master of his own fate in so many ways."