It just wasn't working with Mauresmo, admits Andy Murray
Andy Murray has confirmed that his coaching relationship with Amelie Mauresmo ended because "it just wasn't working".
The World No.3, who flew to Italy for this week's Rome Masters just hours after losing to Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final of the Madrid Masters, said that the schedule he had agreed with Mauresmo at the end of last year had given them insufficient time to work together.
Murray, who will turn 29 next week, said he would not rush into appointing a replacement but hoped to make the decision "in the medium term".
He stressed: "They are always important decisions, at this stage of my career as well, and I want to make sure it's the right one."
Mauresmo, who has a nine-month old baby, had spent just 10 days with Murray since the Australian Open final at the end of January. The only time they worked together in that period was at the Miami Masters in March, when Murray lost in his second match and was in a bad spell of form.
"In those 10 days I was going through a tough patch," Murray said. "It just makes things difficult because you need to work your way through those tough times and when you're not spending time together it's very difficult to do that.
"Although we would have spent a lot of time together from now through to Wimbledon it's that kind of inconsistency is difficult.
"Last year Amelie and I were working together and spending blocks of time together before the Australian Open and in the clay-court season. We spent 10 days together before Munich (in April) and she was in Madrid and at the French Open and most of the grass-court season.
"That's when I was performing at my best. That wasn't happening this year because the weeks were less. I'm sad about it, but it just wasn't working because there was not enough time spent together."
Murray had earlier paid tribute to the contribution Mauresmo had made to his career. "I've learned a lot from Amelie over the last two years, both on and off the court," he said in a statement. "She's been a calming influence in the team and we will all miss having her around.
"I'd like to thank her for everything she has done. She's been an invaluable member of the team."
Mauresmo said: "Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience. I've thoroughly enjoyed being part of the great team of people he has. Dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge. I wish him and his team well and I hope he goes on to win many more titles."
Murray brought former British player Jamie Delgado into his coaching entourage last month, so he has someone to work with.
Murray said he would consider another female coach. "My experience with Amelie was a good one," he said. "We would have liked to have won another Grand Slam in that time, for sure, but I got myself from No.11 in the world back up to No.2 in the world and had good results."
At Murray's age, this could be the last significant coaching appointment of his career.
After a first-round bye Murray will play his opening Tome Masters match tomorrow against the winner of the first-round meeting between Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin and Croatia's Borna Coric.