Lendl and Murray: Coaching a Champion
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The Men’s Final at Wimbledon this year was so graceful and exciting. And always, it was not just a test of physical prowess – although the sheer animal magic of the occasion was beautiful – but a contest of mental stamina and self-belief.
Commentators say that it was when Ivan Lendl, a Grand Slam champion of old, took on Murray 18 months ago, that Murray’s game suddenly took off. He evolved from top player to champion.
So I wondered about the synastry between a great mentor and his charge.
Lendl, in his days on the circuit, was renowned for his coolness under pressure, and his stamina. So it’s interesting to see that he has a powerful grand trine in water — Sun-Moon-Neptune-Ascendant. This must be one of the sources of his immense emotional stability.
And look at Murray’s chart – just one planet, Pluto, in water.
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Murray’s a real firecracker – instinctive, intuitive, fast, aggressive, competitive – five planets in fire, four in air. If he didn’t have that useful, persistent Taurus Sun, he’d be buzzing around like a bee. The one thing he lacked was emotional concentration and focus.
So he found a coach who had exactly that. Lendl’s Pisces Sun is right there 3° into Murray’s 7th house. Murray’s perfectionist streak (Virgo rising) is balanced by the Pisces. This relationship is complementary. Lendl Virgo North Node is in Murray’s first house. So this feels like destiny.
With the 7th house involved, this seems like the meeting of two equals, which is surely what a good coaching relationship ought to be. Apparently, in the tennis world, when the player is paying the bills, this equality can be a little tricky to achieve. But Ivan Lendl does not need this salary – he’s rich and successful anyway. No, he is doing it for glory, and maybe for fun.
|Chart data from astrodatabank|
“He’s always told me exactly what he thought,” Murray said. “And in tennis, it’s not always that easy to do in a player‑coach relationship. The player is sometimes the one in charge. I think sometimes coaches are not always that comfortable doing that.”
The two traditional father figures of astrology, good dad (Jupiter) and bad dad (Saturn) must play a part in coaching too. Jupiter helps you reach your potential and expand your horizon, Saturn helps you try and try and practice and practice and try again.
Lendl’s Saturn and Jupiter are both in Capricorn. He was born in 1960. Capricorn is the paternal sign, of course. The sign of the wise old man. So clearly, this is a good role for him. His Jupiter is in an out of sign conjunction with Murray’s volatile Uranus in Sagittarius. It’s exciting, suddenly the sky is the limit. With that natal Moon, Uranus, Saturn conjunction though, Murray must be prone to veering from despair to a manic high. On the other hand if can get that Uranian energy working for him, he’s brilliant. Lendl’s Jupiter encourages and supports Murray’s genius, his crazy Uranus in athletic Sagittarius. Then Lendl’s Saturn is on the cusp of Murray’s fifth house of sport – practice, practice, practice.
|Chart data from astrodatabank|
Together these two planets sandwich Murray’s Neptune – which can represent sheer talent. Murray’s Neptune is on the cusp of Lendl’s 3rd house of skills. Lendl himself has Neptune Rising at a sextile to Murray’s.
I notice that transiting Saturn is exactly on Lendl’s ascendant now, as he is established in this identity as the mentor of a champ, and that Pluto moved into that third house just a few years ago at the same time that it hit Murray’s Neptune.
U-Plu is, of course, involved in all this. Murray’s North Node is at 10° Aries. His life’s journey has rocketed forward, which just goes to show that the scariest aspect in the sky has it’s good side.