Reason for reunion
Last month, shortly before the French Open, Murray split up with Amelie Mauresmo and has been without a coach all this time.
On Monday the 29-year-old top tennis player Andy Murray announced that he reunites with former coach Ivan Lendl until the end of Wimbledon and beyond, reforming the partnership that brought him his greatest success.
Ivan is the man who led Andy to his only two major victories of his career and Murray teams up with Lendl again as he looks to return to winning ways.
They joined forces before the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club in London this week.
Andy Murray says he wish he had never parted with the inspirational coach:
‘I’ve always wanted to work with Ivan again. That’s not something that just started this week or last week. It’s been the case for a while,’ admitted the world No 2 on Sunday press conference. ‘It’s been maybe a longer time apart than I would have liked.’
Having made contact during the French Open, by Saturday the former mentor confirmed he was ready to come back.
They resumed with immediate effect, started on Tuesday at the Aegon Championships at London’s Queen’s Club, while Murray’s opening match, where he played Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the first round, bidding to win the title for a record fifth time.
They are planning to spend up to 20 weeks a year together, with Lendl present at all the Grand Slams, key training weeks and probably the odd Masters Series event too.
Ivan was Andy’s coach when he won the Wimbledon
No surprise that Murray has chosen Lendl, who was by his side when he won two Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold. The pair worked side by side for two years (2012-14) and showed sparking Murray’s success in winning Olympic Gold in the singles at London 2012, the US Open (2012) and the memorable Wimbledon 2013.
But the partnership ended in March 2014 after two and a quarter years. The Scot and Ivan parted under scheduling conflicts and Landl focused on other projects including starting up a tennis academy in South Carolina, while the British no. 1 was suffering with back problems.
However, Murray commented:“I had two very successful years working with Ivan, he’s single minded and knows what it takes to win the big events. I’m looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals.”
Murray mentioned: “He’s a leader, a strong voice and we have had a lot of similar experiences.”
“I have won matches where maybe you expect a pat on the back and you get the opposite from him. And sometimes I have lost matches and been told, “You know what, you played great”.”
“A lot of coaches — sometimes you win and they tell you, “Oh, great job”, regardless of how you have played, and sometimes you lose and it’s, “Oh, that was terrible”. He didn’t see things that way.”
Former world number one & 8-time Grand Slam champion
Ivan Lendl is one of the most decorated players of all time. A former world number one, the eight time Grand Slam champion and a 19 time Major Singles finalist, has spent the last two years working for the United States Tennis Association and now he is welcomed to hook up with Murray’s team.
Ivan has rejoined Jamie Delgado, Andy’s full-time coach (the British former player who joined Murray’s team earlier this year) and Andy’s current performance team, which is also remains unchanged.
“I enjoyed working with Andy in the past” noted Lendl. “Andy and I have always stayed in contact so it should be fun to be part of his team again.”
Lendl is likely to cost Murray a five-figure sum per week, plus potential bonuses. There is little downside to the re-employment, given that the atmosphere among the rest of Team Murray should not be adversely affected.
Jamie Delgado, who has done well since taking over from Mauresmo, is likely to appreciate the chance to learn from Lendl. The others all know the Czech and get on well with him.
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