Alex, I am not at all being harsh on Andy. In fact, I still want the best from him because I know he still has it in him. It's just that he has no one to motivate him in that way. Kim is pretty useless and Mauresmo is pretty weak herself. She was never known for mental toughness or her serves, so I am not sure what kind of thought process went into that kind of decision. I can't say much, really and I believe Andy simply did that for two reasons: one, he thought it was a pretty cool thing to do (yes, Andy can be very childish at times) and second (and this one is very important), he needed someone who'd comfort him because he wanted to rest for a while after his Wimbledon win. Lendl would have not let him get comfortable and would have kept him on his toes. Does it surprise you at all that, after all these years, he went for his back surgery after he won the Wimbledon?
Anyway, yes, I absolutely agree with you that Andy's collapse against Nole is completely mental. He has lost a lot of faith in that downtime of his when he was recovering from the surgery, lost Lendl because of it and finally, half his team left ship over that dispute of hiring Amelie during 2014 Wimbledon. I can't believe that Andy actually was stubborn enough to let go a couple of very faithful team members as Dani and Jez, who stuck with him through his worst times and were so passionate about Andy's matches. So now Andy is taking baby steps just to come back where he was and he is struggling because he lost so much faith in himself.
You and I (and rest of the world who are not Murray fanatics) know that Andy's collapse against the top guys is completely and utterly mental. I mentioned this on MW and all hell broke loose. The older ladies (in their 60s & 70s m mostly) can't tolerate any constructive criticism towards Andy - even when it comes from as genuine a poster as myself. I don't think most of them even watched tennis as closely as I've watched pretty much all my life. And I don't believe even for a moment that they'll watch tennis after Andy retires from tennis. Anyway, the bickering was so off the chart and personal that even Andy had to tweet after a point, 'Everyone Love Everyone' but I don't think they ever got it. It's such a shame that Andy is such a great person and yet, some of his fans are so biased, selective and so rude to not only other posters who don't agree with them but also, so rude and vicious to other players. They now hate Nole with a passion. It really never ends with some of them.
Well, this is getting longer than I intend it to be (lol where is Swish to remind me of that?
) but anyway, good news is, Mauresmo is pregnant so I hope this is the end of the coaching (and I bet it is) and Jonas will be on board shortly. So let's see if Jonas can inject some of the tougher mentality into Andy. That's all he needs, really. Right now, Andy doesn't have anyone in his camp who is mentally very tough and can motivate Andy enough to the right direction. Mauresmo is/was too soft.