NewsCO.com.au – Andy Murray: British number one splits with coach Ivan Lendl

November 18, 2017

Andy Murray (right) and Ivan Lendl had previously worked together between 2012 and 2014

British number one Andy Murray has split with coach Ivan Lendl for a second time by “mutual agreement”.

The Scot won Wimbledon, the US Open and Olympic gold during two years with Lendl from 2012 to 2014.

Murray was then coached by Amelie Mauresmo before turning back to Lendl in 2016, winning his second Wimbledon title, a second Olympic gold and becoming world number one that year.

“I’m thankful to Ivan for his help and guidance over the years,” Murray said.

“We’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team. My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing.”

Former world number one and eight-time Grand Slam winner Lendl, 57, added: “I wish Andy well. We had a great run and a lot of fun.”

Murray has been recovering from a hip injury, and his last competitive match was a Wimbledon quarter-final defeat by Sam Querrey in July.

He has since slipped to 16th in the world rankings, but earlier this month he played in a charity match against Roger Federer.

After losing 6-3 3-6 10-6, Murray said he “hoped” to return to competition at the Brisbane International in January.

The tournament is held two weeks before the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of 2018, which gets under way on 15 January.

Analysis

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

Murray and Lendl have spent very little time in each other’s company this season as injury has forced the former world number one to spend so much time on the sidelines.

But Lendl’s return – to work alongside Jamie Delgado – at The Queen’s Club in June of last year was the spark for an extraordinary run of success.

Murray won eight tournaments between June and November, including Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics, and won the last five events he entered to pip Novak Djokovic to the year-end number one position.

The partnership fizzled out first time around as Murray was returning from back surgery, and there is a clear parallel three-and-a-half-years on.

Finding a figure of Lendl’s stature to supplement the valuable work of Delgado may not be of pressing concern to Murray right now.

First and foremost he craves fitness, and the chance to be able to compete for the sport’s major prizes once again.

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