Lendl opens up on Murray split

Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:52pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ivan Lendl has opened up about splitting with Andy Murray, citing extra family commitments and the difficulty of matching the emotional high of the Briton's grand slam breakthroughs as factors in his decision.

The 54-year-old, who coached Murray to the 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon crowns after he had lost all four of his previous grand slam finals, ended one of tennis's most effective partnerships over dinner in March.

Beyond a terse statement in which he talked of working on some of his "own projects" and playing on the champions tour, Lendl had steadfastly declined to elaborate on the break-up.

Just before the U.S. Open, however, where Murray will bid for his third grand slam title under the guidance of Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, Lendl revealed changes in his personal life had cut the time available to spend with his former client.

"It was lots of little things combined. Like playing more on the vets tour, and one of my daughters returned home," the eight-times grand slam champion told British media at Flushing Meadows.

"The youngest one is 16 and she had been away at horse riding school and but now she has come back to live with us.

"My mum is now 79 and lives in Prague, I need to go more to the Czech Republic than I used to.

"The planes are a pain in the arse. The places, the hotels - England was good, Australia was good, here it was alright. It was the smaller trips I didn't like.

"All these things combined. And you know with Andy, after his surgery and after winning Wimbledon and all that, I felt that if anything he needed more time rather than less time."   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain (L) trains with his coach Ivan Lendl on a practise court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 6, 2013.      REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett