Britain's Murray splits with coach Lendl

Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:10am EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has split with coach Ivan Lendl after two years, the British world number six said on Wednesday.

A statement on his Twitter page said they had mutually agreed to end a partnership that saw Murray win two grand slam titles and a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

"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, who became Britain's first Wimbledon men's singles champion for 77 years when he beat Novak Djokovic last year.

"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."

Since winning Wimbledon last year Murray's form has dipped, not helped by having back surgery towards the end of 2013.

He is yet to win a title this year and was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open by Roger Federer.

Lendl was not at Indian Wells last week where Murray again suffered an early exit, losing to Canada's Milos Raonic.

Eight-times grand slam champion Lendl, 54, said he wanted to concentrate on his own projects.   Continued...

Andy Murray (GBR) selects tennis balls as he prepares to serve during his match against Milos Raonic (not pictured) during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Raonic won 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports