Andy Murray reunites with Ivan Lendl as Wimbledon looms
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 12, 2016 08:30 PM
Former Italian tennis ace Adriano Panatta, right, poses with Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, who won the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Britain's Andy Murray, center, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray said Sunday he is reuniting with former coach Ivan Lendl, the man who helped the British player to win his two Grand Slam titles.
Lendl was Murray's coach for two years until 2014, during which time he won the 2012 U.S. Open and Wimbledon the following year. Murray also won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"I had two very successful years working with Ivan, he's single-minded and knows what it takes to win the big events," Murray said. "I'm looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals."
No. 2-ranked Murray lost the French Open final to Novak Djokovic last week.
Since splitting with Lendl, Murray has lost three Grand Slam finals, all to Djokovic, the man he had beaten in his two Grand Slam successes. In total, Murray has lost eight of his 10 Grand Slam final appearances.
Murray and Lendl parted in March 2014 after the eight-time Grand Slam champion decided he no longer wanted to spend 20-plus weeks travelling.
Lendl, who will be with Murray for the grass-court season starting with the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club in London from Monday and culminating with Wimbledon, which begins on June 27, said he's looking forward to reuniting with the 29-year-old Murray.
"I enjoyed working with Andy in the past," Lendl said. "Andy and I have always stayed in contact so it should be fun to be part of his team again."
Murray replaced Lendl with Amelie Mauresmo in the summer of 2014 and helped him climb back up the rankings following back surgery. Murray's partnership with Mauresmo ended last month.