Andy Murray unexpectedly reunites with Ivan Lendl for third time in career
Andy Murray has rehired Ivan Lendl as his new coach for the third time in his career as he begins preparations for the grass court season and Wimbledon.
Eight-time Grand Slam legend Ivan Lendl has partnered with three-time Slam winner Murray yet again as the Brit looks to have found the solution to his coaching dilemma.
This comes after Murray split with long-term coach of five years Jamie Delgado in December and cancelled his trial with German coach Jan de Witt after the Australian Open in February.
Murray had been rumoured to be on the verge of appointing Marian Vajda, coach of 20-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic, but he has opted to rehire Lendl.
Lendl and Murray worked together between 2012 and 2014, before then reuniting for a second stint between 2016 and 2018.
During their first spell together, Murray enjoyed one of the finest periods of his career as he won his first two Slam titles in the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
Lendl is largely credited with dramatically improving Murray’s consistency and maturity, but now faces a different challenge as the Brit looks to delay his retirement for as long as possible.
In their second spell, Murray ended the year as the Year-End World number one for the first time after having won a second Wimbledon title, a second Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and his first ATP Finals title.
The duo will work together in the United States later this month as Murray is set to compete at both ‘Sunshine Double’ events, the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open.
Murray previously announced that he will miss the French Open and in turn the rest of the clay-court season as he prioritises Wimbledon and the grass-court season. This is due to the fact that clay seemingly aggravates and worsens the Brit’s injury woes.
The British icon has started the year well despite the uncertainty surrounding his coaching vacancy, rising a total of 51 rankings positions as he is currently ranked 84th in the world.
This is the first time he has broken into the top 100 since 2018, three and a half years ago.
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