Andy Murray announced today that he has hired former tennis great Ivan Lendl as his coach going forward.
According to Murray’s website, Lendl will serve as Murray’s fulltime coach effective “immediately”.
“It was important to me that any new person joining my team was able to add fresh insight,” Murray said. “Ivan’s impact on the game is unquestionable and he brings experience and knowledge that few others have, particularly in major tournaments. I look forward to working with him going forward.”
Considered among the legends in tennis, Lendl won eight grand slams titles in 19 major finals and spent 270 weeks at No. 1. But he has never served as a full-time coach. He offered to coach Murray early in the year and on the eve of the New Year the two have reached an agreement.
“I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Andy,” said the 51-year-old Lendl. “He is a unique talent talent and I look forward to trying to help him reach his goals.”
It will be interesting to see how the disciplined Lendl mentors the video game-loving Murray.
Murray’s already had a long list of past coaches including Mark Petchey, Brad Gilbert, Miles Maclagan and Alex Corretja.
The 24-year-old Murray has reached three Slam finals but has still failed to win a single set, a fact shared similarly by Lendl who began his Slam run losing his first four finals. Murray opens his 2012 campaign this weekend in Brisbane. He plays Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round on Tuesday.
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