Wimbledon champ Andy Murray is parting ways with his coach of two years, Ivan Lendl. The short time that they have spent together has proven to be quite successful for Murray. According to ATP World Tour on March 19, this was a mutual decision for both men.
Since Murray brought Lendl on board his coaching team at the end of 2011, the partnership has brought him a gold medal at the 2012 summer Olympics and the US Open title in the same year. He also grabbed the title of 2013 Wimbledon champion. Murray was the first British player to win Wimbledon in 77 years.
"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. "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."
The surprising pair seemed to work well together, especially since the Czech could sympathize with the struggles that Murray faced early in his tennis career in trying to win Grand Slam titles. Lendl might have had a magic touch as the Brit’s game seemed to change for the better.
The 26-year-old tennis pro, who just recently lost in the fourth round at Indian Wells, is preparing to defend his Sony Open title in Miami next week. He will then go on to play in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup next month for Great Britain.
Lendl now has some time freed up to play in more tennis exhibitions and also to focus on his Ivan Lendl Junior Tennis Academy in Bluffton, SC where he just recently opened new tennis courts. There seems to be no ill feelings between Murray and Lendl as the former coach put out a statement on the departure.
"Working with Andy over the past two years has been a fantastic experience for me", said Lendl. "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."
Andy Murray still has his assistant coach and close friend Dani Vallverdu, as well as the rest of his team for support. It will be interesting to see what decisions he will make for his future in trying to capture more Grand Slam titles.