Andy Murray announces split with coach Ivan Lendl ahead of 2018 return


Andy Murray announces split with coach Ivan Lendl ahead of 2018 return

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl broke up their partnership for the second and - most likely - final time on Friday night.

Overall, in his two spells with Lendl, Murray won three Grand Slams, two Olympic golds and reached the top of the rankings in a fearsomely competitive era of men's tennis featuring Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

In a hard 2017, however, Murray has had shingles, and then carried a hip injury from the French Open through the entire grass season, and has not played competitively since Wimbledon.

"I'm thankful to Ivan for his help and guidance over the years", Murray said.

Friend and former British player, Jamie Delgado, was added to the Murray corner-and is still a full-time presence in the team.

Full Team Murray during a practice session on Court Suzanne Lenglen before the start of this year’s French Open
Full Team Murray during a practice session on Court Suzanne Lenglen before the start of this year’s French Open

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The Scotsman has won all three of his grand slam crowns under the guidance of Lendl, winning a second Wimbledon title previous year in the second instalment of their partnership.

But Murray will now be without the 57-year-old in the coming season. It has spawned a number of imitations and the era of the so-called supercoach, and its success can hardly be denied as it was while they were together that the British No 1 took all three of his Grand Slam titles, not to mention his two Olympic golds.

World no. 1 Andy Murray talks about the French open.

A hip problem ruined his Wimbledon defence and forced him out of the US Open, while he was unable to defend his ATP Finals crown in London. But at this stage of his career, Andy will not be anxious about that. "I think they have parted on very good terms".