Andy Murray and coach Ivan Lendl have parted ways once again, marking their third separation following a challenging season for the former world number one.
Murray, who secured all three of his Grand Slam titles during his initial two collaborations with Lendl, reunited with the coach in March of the previous year. Despite a commendable return to the top 50 after overcoming persistent hip issues, Murray fell short of achieving desired results, especially in major tournaments.
Expressing gratitude for Lendl's contributions, the 36-year-old British tennis star acknowledged the coach's pivotal role in significant moments of his career. Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion and winner of the 2012 US Open, emphasised Lendl's unique understanding of winning and the valuable lessons learned during their association.
While Murray's resurgence under Lendl's guidance was notable, challenges arose due to Lendl's reluctance to frequently travel from his home in the United States. Despite the parting, Murray fondly reminisced about the positive memories created during their time together.
Lendl, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, praised Murray as one of the sport's hardest workers, expressing well wishes for the future. Murray, currently ranked 42nd in the world, recently faced a disappointing first-round defeat at the Paris Masters, admitting his lack of enjoyment in tennis.
Looking ahead, Murray is set to join Britain's Davis Cup team for the quarter-final against Serbia in Malaga later in the month. Despite the coaching change, Murray will continue working with Mark Hilton and Jonny O'Mara. The announcement also revealed Murray's intention to kick off the next season at the Brisbane International.