British No. 1 Andy Murray and former world No. 1 Ivan Lendl announced on Wednesday morning that they have mutually agreed to end their two year coaching relationship. Under the tutelage of Lendl, Murray won his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open, Olympic gold at the 2012 summer games in London and last year’s Wimbledon.
“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, who is returning from back surgery and preparing to defend his title in Miami, said. “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”.
Part of the reason for the split was that Lendl wanted to focus more on his personal projects, including playing more events around the world, as well as giving clinics in the Canary Islands and opening new courts in Bluffton, SC at the Ivan Lendl Junior Tennis Academy.
“Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me”, said Lendl. “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.”
Prior to his partnership with Lendl, Murray had worked with the likes of Leon Smith, Mark Petchey, Brad Gilbert, Miles Maclagan and Alex Corretja. He mentioned that he will be taking some time to consider his option before assigning another coach to his team.
Murray will be defending his title this week at the Sony Open, which takes place between March 19-30.