Ivan Lendl will forever be remembered as a former world No. 1 and eight time Grand Slam champion who helped push tennis to the eventual “power game” that is has now become. The Czech legend has also earned the reputation as a magnificent coach – one that helped British No. 1 Andy Murray win his first two Grand Slam titles, including a historic Wimbledon crown.
While Murray and Lendl parted ways earlier this season, with Murray hiring Amelie Mauresmo as a replacement, it was believed that he would always return to coaching at some point in the distant future.
“I’ve had a lot of enquiries. Eventually, when the time and situation are right, I enjoyed it enough that I will do it again.” Lendl said recently. “There are so many things to coaching which I don’t enjoy: the travel, the airports, being on the road for so long. ‘I don’t like doing anything in half-measures, so in order to do it properly it takes a lot of time. That’s the hardest part.”
However, Lendl was certainly not ready to make his return yet, as Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych, who had publicly shown interest in joining forces with one of his role models in tennis, revealed that the former world No. 1 was “too busy” at the moment.
I had a great time talking about tennis with Ivan Lendl today. Result? Ivan would like to help me, but he is too busy…
— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) October 13, 2014
Berdych has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career to date: the Wimbledon final in 2010, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. He is currently in Stockholm, where he is looking to secure one of the remaining spots in the Barclays ATP World Tour Final.