Ivan Lendl, described as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, has parted ways with Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray. During their two-year coaching partnership, Murray won Wimbledon, as the first Briton to do so in 77 years.
Murray commented on his blog, “I’m eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far. 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, once a four-time Grand Slam runner up, went on to win eight major titles, and once spent 270 weeks as the world’s top player. Murray, also a four-time Grand Slam runner up, was able to win two major titles and an Olympic gold, under Lendl’s tutelage.
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Lendl commented on the split in a statement, “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.”
Lendl has recently opened courts at the Ivan Lendl Junior Tennis Academy in Bluffton, South Carolina, and has been giving lessons in the Canary Islands. He’d shied away from the sport for almost two decades before coming on as Murray’s coach. Lendl has been credited with helping Murray with his second serve, as well as learning how to better traverse the mental aspects of the game.
Lendl added, “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.”
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