Andy Murray announced today that he will be terminating his two year coaching relationship with Ivan Lendl.
As Murray’s coach, Lendl helped coach the Scot to an Olympic Gold Medal, a US Open title and a Wimbledon Championship, yet the two have mutually agreed to go their separate ways. Murray 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.”
It should be interesting to see how this works out for Murray as he goes into Miami to defend his title. Personally, I understand a split in coaching, but don’t think this is the right time or place for it to happen. I can’t imagine Murray flourishing without Lendl in his box. Lendl created a discipline in Murray that helped evolve his career to new heights over the past two years. However, it seems perhaps the split didn’t come from Murray. “Working with Andy over the last 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.”
It will be interesting to watch Murray compete this week after his lackluster performance in Indian Wells. And it will be even more interesting to see who Murray chooses to have in his coaching box next?
What do you think of this news? Who will Murray turn to now?
Play with heart,
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