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Andy Murray splits from coach Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl have ended their two-year coaching relationship. Pic: Getty

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl have ended their two-year coaching relationship. Pic: Getty

  • by MARK ATKINSON
 

Reigning Wimbledon champion and British No.1 Andy Murray has split from his coach Ivan Lendl, with their parting believed to be by mutual consent.

Murray joined forces with the multiple Slam-winning Czech at the beginning of the 2012 season, ending his wait for a major title by winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics, the US Open just months after that and then Wimbledon last year.

However, the Dunblane-born world No.6 underwent back surgery after last year’s US Open and has failed to recapture his form this year, losing to Roger Federer in January’s Australian Open at the quarter-final stage and putting in a number of underwhelming performances in ATP World Tour events.

“I’m eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far,” Murray, 26, said in a statement on his website. “As a team, we’ve learned a lot and it will definitely be of benefit in the future. I’ll take some time with the team to consider the next steps and how we progress from here.”

Lendl said: “Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me. He is a first-class guy. Having helped him achieve his goal of winning major titles, I feel like it is time for me to concentrate on some of my own projects moving forward including playing more events around the world which I am really enjoying. I will always be in Andy’s corner and wish him nothing but great success as he too goes into a new phase of his career.”

Murray is due in action on Friday when he faces either Matthew Ebden or Lukasz Kubot in the second round of the Sony Open in Miami, an event he won last year. He is also expected to lead Britain in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Italy next month in Naples.

 

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