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Murray is targeting long-term success after Lendl reunion

By Paul Newman

Published 13/06/2016

Reunited: Andy Murray is working again with coach Ivan Lendl Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Reunited: Andy Murray is working again with coach Ivan Lendl Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Andy Murray has rejoined forces with Ivan Lendl, the coach who guided him to two Grand Slam titles.

Lendl will start work here at this week's Aegon Championships and will be with the world No 2 through to Wimbledon, after which Murray is hoping that their relationship will be on a more long-term basis.

Lendl takes over following Murray's split last month with Amelie Mauresmo, who had coached him for the last two years.

He will work with Jamie Delgado, who joined Murray's coaching staff after this year's Australian Open and is travelling with him to all tournaments.

"Hopefully, from my side, it will be for a long time," Murray said of his reunion with Lendl.

"He's coming over, he'll be here for the tournament and it's good for him to spend a bit of time with the rest of the team as well to see how things work out. But provided everything's good, it will hopefully go on for a long time." Murray added: "I think the most successful period of my career was while I was working with Ivan. I know what he can offer.

"The experiences he had, I think psychologically he helped me in the major competitions and they're obviously the events I'm trying to win and am competing for.

"I hope he can bring that same experience and those same benefits that he did last time."

Lendl, who lives in the United States, said how much he had enjoyed working with Murray in the past and added: "Andy and I have always stayed in contact so it should be fun to be part of his team again."

Murray and Lendl first worked together at the start of 2012. Murray went on to win that year's US Open and Wimbledon the following summer, but they parted company in March 2014.

Lendl said that he wanted to devote more time to other projects, including his own playing career on the seniors circuit.

It remains to be seen whether Murray and Lendl can work out a long-term deal, but it seems likely that the Scot would have to settle for an arrangement involving fewer weeks with his coach than he might have originally wanted.

Lendl, who has had both his hips replaced in the last two years, will continue his work with the United States Tennis Association's development programme at the same time as coaching Murray.

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