During their first partnership, which began at the start of 2012, Murray reached his first Wimbledon final, and a month later won Olympic gold, also on Wimbledon’s grass. Come September, he won his first Major at the US Open, and finally won Wimbledon the following summer.
In 2013, he would miss the French Open with a back injury, and after helping GB into the World Group in September, he underwent surgery, returning in 2014 to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian and US Opens and at Wimbledon, and the semis at Roland Garros.
However, Murray separated with Lendl, also by mutual agreement, during that spring. He appointed Amelie Mauresmo, who went on to share coaching duties during her pregnancy with Jonas Bjorkman, but finally left the team in May 2016.
Friend and former British player, Jamie Delgado, was added to the Murray corner—and is still a full-time presence in the team. As Murray explained at the time:
“It is difficult. That’s why, for me, having Jamie Delgado with me who is able to commit 35, 40 weeks of the year is very important. It isn’t easy to find that, especially if you’re going for the ex-players that have spent 15, 20 years of their life on the road for 30, 35 weeks a year. They don’t always want to do it.”
That was, indeed, the reason cited for Lendl leaving the Murray fold in 2014. However, after losing to Novak Djokovic in the first two Major finals last year, Murray reunited with Lendl on a part-time basis, and went on to win his second Wimbledon title, Olympic gold in Rio, and end the year as No1 for the first time.
In a difficult 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.
Following a long period of rehab, Murray has been training this week at London’s O2, played an exhibition match a fortnight ago against Federer in Glasgow, and plans a training block in Miami before heading to Australia to play in Brisbane and then the Australian Open. All this will now continue without Lendl.
Murray said, in the announcement on his website:
“I’m thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years, we’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team. My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing.”
Lendl, who will continue to work with USTA Player Development, added:
“I wish Andy well going forward. We had a great run and a lot of fun.”
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