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How did tennis react to the end of Murray and Lendl?

Andy Murray speaks to coach Ivan Lendl
by Mark Hodgkinson
Monday 31 March 2014

Wimbledon.com compiles the reaction from across the tennis world to the news that Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl have ended their coaching partnership.

Novak Djokovic: "To be honest, I was not surprised. But I didn't know what to expect. They worked together for two years, and obviously it brought Andy a lot of success on the court. He won the Olympic Games and two grand slams. I think it was a very good decision for Andy to have worked with Ivan. And now they have split. They obviously had a good reason for that. I'm not the one who should judge."

Mark Petchey: "When Andy was looking for Ivan, there was only one man on the planet who knew what he was feeling; he'd lost in grand slam finals and there was only one other person who had done the same. The hand fitted the glove, the chemistry was there. Lendl had got him over that finish line, he's got him to win the US Open and Wimbledon, so the next coach hasn't got to worry about that."

Greg Rusedski: "The odd thing is that they should abandon a partnership that has been so blazingly successful... I am just surprised that they didn't want to go back to Wimbledon in the summer to try to defend that title together."

Darren Cahill: "Big congratulations to Ivan and Andy for what they accomplished the last two years. Great run and Ivan's involvement a huge plus for the game. A good man."

Judy Murray: "It's very sad and I'm still in mourning a little bit. Mr Lendl needs his time to concentrate on other things and Andy has to take what he's learned and move forward. Andy learned loads from him and, without doubt, he made the difference of helping him to get over that final hurdle. We'll all really miss the man we used to call Mr Lendl."

Brad Gilbert: "Just heard the news that Muzzard and Ivan Lendl ended their coaching relationship after two years - was very surprised to hear that. For all you asking why the Muzzard-Lendl partnership ended, I don't know the answer to that one - I was as surprised as everyone else."

Ivan Lendl: "Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me. He is a first-class guy. Having helped him achieve his goal of winning major titles, I feel like it is time for me to concentrate on some of my own projects moving forward, including playing more events around the world, which I am really enjoying. I will always be in Andy's corner and wish him nothing but great success as he too goes into a new phase of his career."

Pat Cash suggested that the break-up came at a difficult time for Murray, with the Scot making his way back after an operation.

Andy Murray: "That night it was tough. He was a big part of my life. I was gutted."

Barry Cowan: "I don't expect him to rush into a decision over his next coach until after Wimbledon, because he still has a good team around him, including long-time friend Dani Vallverdu. Appointing Lendl was not a knee-jerk decision, and I think Andy will be equally careful when picking someone this time around as he maps out what he wants to achieve over the next few years."

The world waits for whom Murray will work with next...


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