In the first major announcement of the new tennis season, Andy Murray has appointed former World No 1 Ivan Lendl as his full time coach. Andy Murray will begin working with Lendl as he prepares for the Australian Open.
Murray has been quoted as saying that it was important to him that any new person joining his team should be able to add fresh insight. With Ivan Lendl’s impact on the game unquestionable, and he bringing in rich experience and knowledge that few others have,Murraynow looks forward to working with him
Ivan Lendl is one of the most decorated players of all time. Winner of 8 Grand Slam tournaments and a 19 time Major Singles finalist, Lendl also is visibly excited at the opportunity to work with Andy Murray. Lendl believes Murray has got a unique talent.
Andy Murray, now 24, has already had a significant impact on the game of tennis. Currently World No 4, he has reached three Grand Slam Singles Finals and won 21 career titles.
In 2011,Murraybecame the seventh player in the modern era to reach the Semi Finals of all 4 Grand Slam Singles tournaments. The year 2012 marks an important year forMurraywith the Olympics all set to begin in his home nation.
Murrayhas suffered the frustration of losing all three of the major finals he has contested in an era dominated by three of the greatest players of all time: Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Lendl had lost his first four grand slam finals before going on to win eight major titles and hold the world number one ranking for 270 weeks. He andMurray’s first campaign together will be at the Australian Open in Melbourne, starting Monday.