Eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl expects British No. 1 Andy Murray to be in peak condition in time for the French Open later this year. Lendl, who coached Murray to his two Grand Slam titles, admit that the timing was not perfect ahead of the Australian Open and that Murray did not have enough time to regain both his fitness and his tennis on court.
“Our preparation for Australia was a little condensed after injuries,” said Lendl, who is taking part in the PowerShare Series alongside the likes of John McEnroe and Jim Courier. “He was a little fatigued because he had to do so many things, so many hours of fitness and tennis in a shorter period of time than usual.”
Lendl is not worried about Murray’s current performance, stating that he expects to see a significant boost in his abilities by next month, as he continues to add more court time to his season.
“But I don’t think that time is going to get lost, I think it’s going to start paying dividend around March.The schedule has been pretty much set, it’s pretty good leading up to the French.”
Murray accepted a late wildcard entry into the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam and he is also scheduled for Acapulco before arriving at Indian Wells on March 6. Lendl considers this enough preparation for Murray to perform at the French Open.
“There’s time for Andy to be sharp for the French and that’s what we’re working towards now of course.”