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John Isner

8-time Slam champ Ivan Lendl helps USTA try to develop stars

Ivan Lendl is getting back into coaching to try to groom the next American tennis champion.

Lendl, an eight-time Grand Slam title winner and former coach of Andy Murray, is working with about a half-dozen 15- and 16-year-old boys as part of the U.S. Tennis Association's player development program.

The 55-year-old Lendl agreed to spend 50 days over the next year with the group, including a training camp that began late last month.

"I enjoy working with younger players. You can form them and help them the most," Lendl said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's just fun watching how they try to learn. They ask a lot of questions. They...