|Posted on December 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM|
Who is tennis coach Dani Vallverdu?
Daniel Vallverdu (born March 17, 1986 in Valencia) is a former tennis player and part of Andy Murray's coaching team from 2010.
He has a long standing friendship with Andy Murray, whom he met while at the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy in Barcelona where they lived in the same residency. They practised together and became close friends, but Vallverdu opted to pursue an academic path and gained a major in finance and business management at the University of Miami.
Vallverdu has played for Venezuela in eight matches over six ties, including a semifinal appearance in Group I of the Americas Zone in 2005.
In June 2008, he became British tennis player Andy Murray's doubles partner for the 2008 Queen's Club Championships at Queens Club in London.
Vallverdu started hitting with Murray following his split from Miles Maclagan in 2010 and became the Scot's de facto coach after he parted company with Alex Corretja in March. Vallverdu organises practice sessions and liaises with Darren Cahill and Sven Groeneveld - coaches Murray has been working with recently - as well as his strength and conditioning staff and physiotherapist. Quiet and unassuming, Vallverdu scouts opponents and helps devise tactical plans.
More recently Vallverdu works actively alongside Ivan Lendl, since Lendl joined Team Murray in 2012. Vallverdu was also selected to coach the British men's tennis team for the London Olympics 2012, in which Murray went on to win the Gold medal for Team GB.