Murray and Lendl end coaching partnership

Murray and Lendl end coaching partnership

18 November 2017 / 15:32

Andy Murray will go into January’s Australian Open looking to win his first Grand Slam not under the guidance of Ivan Lendl, after the duo parted company for the second time.

The two-time Olympic champion, who is still returning to full fitness following the hip complaint that has seen him miss the second half of the 2017 season, announced the split on his own website.

Murray is currently preparing for the Brisbane Open, where he hopes to make his return from injury, which precedes the first grand slam of the year, in Melbourne.

“I’m thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years, we’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team,” said Murray, who also became world No.1 under Lendl's tenure.

“My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing.”

Lendl was in Murray’s corner for each of the Scot’s Olympic wins, as well as his two Wimbledon titles and US Open triumph.

The pair split previously, in 2014, which saw Murray team up with Amelie Mauresmo for a period before joining forces with Lendl once again, in 2016.

Murray will continue to work with Jamie Delgado and his physical team but has yet to disclose whether he will look to replace Lendl during the upcoming season.

The Czech former player, who is now a USA citizen and works with the USTA Player Development programme, previously ended his association with Murray due to not being able to make the commitment to his charge that the 2012 US Open Champion wanted.

There has been no definite reason given for the latest split, but Murray’s statement claimed it was by mutual agreement.

“I wish Andy well going forward. We had a great run and a lot of fun,” said Lendl.

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