Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray End Coaching RelationshipBy: Kathy Karadza - March 20, 2014
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and coach Ivan Lendl parted ways after a two-year working relationship, the two announced on the British player’s blog Wednesday.
“I’m eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far,” said Murray, who returned from back surgery this season.
“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,” continued Murray, who is prepping to compete at the Sony Open this week in Miami.
The partnership took Murray, who hired Lendl in 2012, from a four-time Grand Slam runner-up to winning an Olympic Gold medal in London in 2012 and a US Open title later that same year. Murray also took Wimbledon while working with Lendl, and became the first British man to take the title in 77 years.
On working with Murray, 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,” continued Lendl.
Murray had back surgery in September 2013 and has not made it to a final eight since he won Wimbledon. The 26-year-old player is defending his title at the Sony Open this week.
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