Andy Murray Australian Open 2022

Andy Murray splits with coach after unsuccessful trial

Andy Murray has parted ways with coach Jan de Witt after his trial was deemed unsuccessful following a disappointing Australian Open performance.

In early December, three-time Grand Slam titlist Murray split with long term coach of five years Jamie Delgado and appointed German Jan de Witt on a trial period. The German trainer had previously coached Gael Monfils in 2015.

This parting comes despite encouraging runs to the finals of both the Abu Dhabi Exhibition and the Sydney International, where Murray reached his first competitive final since 2019.

World number 102 Murray also overcame World number 21 Nikoloz Basilashvili in an impressive five set thriller at the Australian Open.

Delgado went on to coach Canadian youngster and World number 12 Denis Shapovalov to a narrow quarter-final defeat to eventual winner and now 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Meanwhile, former World number one Murray suffered a disappointing straight set defeat to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round.

The former British number one looks to be entering the latter stages of his career and has previously reiterated the importance of making the right coaching decision and staying fit.

After reaching the final of the Abu Dhabi Exhibition, Murray said “this decision is an important one for me because obviously, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be playing so I want to make sure the person that’s with me for the last period of my career is the right one.”

Murray has plans to compete in the Middle East next month and is set to compete in ATP events in both Doha and Dubai respectively, although he is now without a coach.

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