Who is Dani Vallverdu

Dani VallverduDani Vallverdu (or his full name Daniel Vallverdu) is a long term friend of Andy Murray. They met while they were both training at the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy in Barcelona as juniors.

Since Murray’s split with his coach, Miles Maclagan in July 2010, Dani has been a regular part of “Team Murray” and has been on numerous occasions described as a coach, though Spain’s Alex Corretja has been confirmed as his main coach for at least the first part of the 2011 season.

Vallverdu is from Venezuela and is a year older than Murray, after his time at the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy rather than joining the tennis tour, he chose to pursue his academic career, majoring in business management at the University of Miami.

This week in Australia, Dani has been promoted to head coach though as Alex Corretja will not travel down under, so it leaves the less experienced Vallverdu in charge.

Prior to the 2011 Oz Open Murray said,

Obviously Dani doesn’t have a whole lot of experience in terms of, say, technical advice, but he’s played many matches himself and he’s watched a lot of tennis, so in terms of tactical stuff and just small pointers he’s very good.

I’ve known him since we were 14 or 15 years old. He knows my game, what I like and don’t like doing, and what I’m like as a person better than most, so in a lot of ways he can help me. There are obviously limitations there, but for what I feel I need right now I think he can help me a lot. I definitely had good results towards the end of the year.

He has a good dialogue with me – better than I have had with a lot of my coaches in the past. I’ve found it a lot easier to speak to him.”

Dani has represented his country in Davis Cup and in the summer of 2008 even played doubles with Andy Murray at Queens Club reaching the second round.

It’s seem like it is perhaps not a coincidence that Murray has chosen his training base and second residence in Miami.