Andy Murray brings back Ivan Lendl for coaching help

Andy Murray brings back Ivan Lendl as coach, reuniting around 4½ years after the couple split for the second time.

Murray’s manager announced on Friday that the 34-year-old Scotsman and Lendl have agreed to resume their collaboration over the next few months.

Their partnership has produced three Grand Slam singles trophies and two consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016 for Murray, the only tennis player with more than one Summer Games singles title.

“I have great respect for what Andy is trying to accomplish and want to try to help him as much as possible,” Lendl wrote in a text to The Associated Press.

Both men now plan to hold a training block in the United States for several weeks after the Miami Open hard-court tournament, which ends on April 3.

As the tennis tour moves to Europe for the clay circuit culminating in the French Open from May 22 to June 5, Murray will prepare for the grass court season. Wimbledon starts on June 27.

Murray also intends to hire another coach who will work with Lendl and travel with Murray.

He is currently ranked 84th and is 8-6 in 2022, with losses in his second matches at each of his last four tournaments, including the Australian Open in January.

Murray has dealt with a series of injuries over the past few years, mainly serious hip problems which led to two operations. He underwent hip resurfacing surgery in 2019.

His greatest successes on the pitch have come with Lendl – who has won eight Grand Slam titles as a player – in his corner.

This includes, most famously, the 2013 Wimbledon title, which made Murray the first Briton in 77 years to win the singles championship at the All England Club.

Before that, Lendl also coached Murray until his triumph at the 2012 US Open. They broke up in 2014, before reuniting in 2016, about a month before Murray won his second Wimbledon trophy.

Murray also reached No. 1 in the ATP rankings while with Lendl, first arriving there in November 2016.

They stopped working together again in November 2017.

Over the years, Murray has also been coached by Amelie Mauresmo, Brad Gilbert and Jamie Delgado, among others.

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