Murray ends two-year partnership with Lendl

Andy Murray believes the success of his two-year partnership with coach Ivan Lendl will stand him in good stead for more Grand Slam success in the future after announcing the end of their partnership by mutual consent.

The British number one made the surprise announcement yesterday and will now consider his options with regard to the possible naming of Lendl’s successor.

Murray’s link with eight-time major winner Lendl corresponded with the start of the best period of his career, winning an Olympic gold medal in London before breaking his own Grand Slam duck at the 2012 US Open.

The Scot built on that success when he ended the 77-year wait for a British men’s winner of the Wimbledon singles title last summer — ironically the only major title Lendl himself never managed to win.

Murray, who is returning from back surgery and preparing to defend his title in Miami, said: “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.”

Murray, 26, appointed Lendl as his coach in December 2011.

Just like Lendl before him, Murray had lost his first four Grand Slam finals and the Czech’s appointment was seen as a shrewd move as he looked for the extra ingredient required to become a major winner.

Lendl is believed to have been reluctant to commit to the full-time role Murray required due to his desire to fulfil other tennis commitments, including more appearances on the veterans’ tour.

Lendl said: “Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me. He is a first-class guy.”

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