The first big celebrity coaching breakup hit the newswires this morning when Andy Murray announced that he and Ivan Lendl have ended their coaching relationship.
“Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me,” said Lendl via a statement on Murray’s website. “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.”
The stunning news comes on the eve of Murray’s Miami title defense. The Scot who is returning from back surgery thanked Lendl.
“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.”
Under Lendl, Murray won seven titles including his first two Grand Slams at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon and the 2012 London Olympics.
Murray has been slowed this season by a back injury and by a spate of poor play at Indian Wells.
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