Miami: After losing his last nine sets of tennis dating to late January, a beaten Andy Murray admitted Friday that he might have to consider a change to his notoriously ad hoc coaching situation.
The Scot, ranked fifth in the world, is guided by a committee of friends who happen to work as fitness trainers, physiotherapists and a South African who serves as a hitting partner whom Murray met during his teenage years in Barcelona.
Coaching duties are assumed on a part-time basis by Spaniard Alex Corretja after Murray split last summer with fellow Scot Miles MacLagen.
"I'll see when I have a bit of time to reflect on it," Murray said after falling 6-1, 7-5 to American qualifier Alex Bogomolov in the second round of the Miami Masters.
"It's not anyone's fault for giving me wrong tactics or practicing the wrong way," Murray said after his second defeat in a row at the hands of an unknown ranked outside the Top 100. "That not the reason why I played like I did.
"I'll have a think about it (possibly hiring a coach) and see what I want to do. But if I make a change, it won't be because of how I've played the last two matches."
Murray's last match victory was in the Australian Open semi-finals. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the final and then lost his opening matches at Rotterdam and Indian Wells - where he went out to journeyman Donald Young.
The frustrated Scot said his poor showings on court are not an accurate reflection of how well he feels he's been training.
"You have no idea how I've been practicing, how things have been in the gym, and I do," he said in his post-match post-mortem. "It's been good.
"Then what everyone sees is what's on the court. That's me, it's my responsibility. Whether I get someone in or not, it wouldn't be down to the last two matches. As a whole, you need to assess things properly."