Murray splits with coach Mauresmo

Mon May 9, 2016 10:56am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray and his coach Amelie Mauresmo have agreed to end their two-year working relationship, the British world number three said on Monday.

Twice grand slam winner Murray lost the Madrid Open final to Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

"I've learned a lot from Amelie over the past two years," Murray said in a statement.

"She's been a calming influence in the team and we'll miss having her around.

"I'll take some time to consider the next steps and how we progress from here, but I'd like to thank her for everything she has done, she's been an invaluable member of the team."

Mauresmo described working with Murray as being a fantastic experience.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed being part of the great team of people he has around him," she said.

"Dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for me. I wish him and the team well and I hope he goes on to win any more titles."

The partnership between the two Wimbledon champions -- Murray won the men's singles in 2013 and French former world number one Mauresmo triumphed at the All England Club in 2006 -- seemed a surprise alliance when it was announced after the 2014 French Open.   Continued...

Britain's Andy Murray and his coach Amelie Mauresmo take part in a practice session on the eve of his final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jason O'Brien Action Images via Reuters - RTX24NBK