Pay per head sportsbooks learned that Andy Murray does not expect to see a battle of the big-name coaches after Boris Becker was appointed by Novak Djokovic as his new coach.
Becker – six-time Grand Slam champion who is very well known with pay per head sportsbooks – had an intense rivalry with Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl with the German defeating Lendl in the 1986 Wimbledon final, the 1989 US Open championship match, and the 1991 Australian Open final.
But price per head sportsbooks know that Lendl was able to win eight majors, and in their head-to-head record it was the Czech who had a 12-10 advantage.
This season, the pair will come face-to-face off-court as coaches, but Murray and many pay per head sportsbooks do not believe that their rivalry will be revived.
“I personally don’t think there will be renewal of a rivalry,” Murray said.
“I mean, no matter if you are coaching the players, you can’t influence much.
“It is the preparation where the coaches can make a really good difference. We will have to see how it goes from here.”
The Scot, who is set to return to action after his back operation on Thursday in Abu Dhabi, believes that today’s players have plenty to learn from past legends.
“Obviously, everyone wants to keep working on every game. It is good to see great players like Novak get some help from Becker who has been there and done it before,” said the Scot.
“I don’t know if it is a trend starting here or not. For that, we will have to wait and see for few years.”
Murray, world No 4, will play at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in a six-man field alongside Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stanislas Wawrinka, but he does not expect to make a big impact. Still, many pay per head sportsbooks believe that he could.
“I can honestly speak for myself and not others. I’m coming back from an injury and I’m not expecting anything. My focus is to try and be healthy,” said Murray.
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“Hopefully, results will come if I’m 100 per cent fit. I would expect everyone to play very good tennis this year. I would personally like to get good results in the Grand Slams.”