Andy Murray and Coach Ivan Lendl agree to split


Andy Murray won his first Grand Slam under Ivan Lendl’s tutelage. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Andy Murray always had the talent, that part was undeniable, but still the Scot was unable to breakthrough when it mattered the most – in a Grand Slam final.

At the start of the 2012 season, Murray sought the help of Ivan Lendl, who as a player lost four Grand Slam finals before finally getting the first of his eight major titles.

And after two years of working together, the two announced on Murray’s Web site on Wednesday that they have mutually agreed to split.

“Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me,” Lendl said in a statement. “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.”

Under Lendl’s tutelage, Murray beat Roger Federer to win the gold medal in the London Olympics and followed it up with a victory at the U.S. Open – his first major title after losing his first four Grand Slam finals.

In 2013, Murray won Wimbledon to become the first British man to win since 1936.

“I’m eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far,” the 26-year-old Murray 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.”

Murray, currently ranked No. 6 in the world, reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after coming off back surgery but has yet to win a title this year. He is defending his title at the Sony Open in Miami this week.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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