Ivan Lendl back in Andy Murray's court in time for Wimbledon 2016
British tennis player Andy Murray boosted his bid for a second Wimbledon title on Sunday by recalling Ivan Lendl, who coached him to his success on 'home turf' in 2013, to his team.
London, United Kingdom: British tennis player Andy Murray boosted his bid for a second Wimbledon title on Sunday by recalling Ivan Lendl, who coached him to his success on 'home turf' in 2013, to his team.
The 29-year-old Scot — who also won the 2012 US Open and Olympic gold in the same year under Lendl's aegis — revealed the news of his reunion with the former Czech world number one in a statement.
"I had two very successful years working with Ivan, he's single-minded and knows what it takes to win the big events," said Murray.
"I'm looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals."
Lendl's first target will be this week's key Wimbledon lead-up event Queen's.
"I enjoyed working with Andy in the past," said Lendl.
"Andy and I have always stayed in contact so it should be fun to be part of his team again," added the 56-year-old.
Lendl originally left Murray's employ in 2014 because he had had enough of the incessant travelling.
Murray eventually replaced the eight-time Grand Slam singles champion Lendl — for whom Wimbledon remained the only elusive slam, losing in two finals — with former Australian Open and Wimbledon women's champion Amelie Mauresmo.
Whilst he regained his number two spot in the world rankings, he failed to add to his Grand Slam trophy haul and split from the French tennis star earlier this year.
Since then he had relied on former British professional player Jamie Delgado, and he subsequently became the first British player to reach the French Open final since 1937, beating defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals.
However, despite winning the first set he went down to a four set defeat to world number one Novak Djokovic in the final in Paris.
Murray and Lendl first made contact over a potential reunion during the French Open and the Czech, who had previously suggested his dislike of flying was a major reason to step away from full-time coaching, was surprisingly open to a return.
Lendl has had both his hips replaced since parting ways with Murray and had been working with some of America's top young players.
The reunited duo have reportedly agreed on a schedule that will see them work together for around 20 weeks a year, including all the Grand Slams, some Masters 1000 events and key training periods.
Murray hopes the partnership will prove longer lasting and just as successful this time.
"Well hopefully it will be for a long time, from my side," Murray said.
"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. "
Lendl's intimate knowledge of exactly what it takes to win Grand Slams was key to Murray's success when they last worked together and, after watching German legend Boris Becker have a similar impact on Djokovic, he is confident the Czech will again prove an invaluable presence.
"I think the most successful period of my career was while I was working with Ivan. I know what he can offer," Murray said.
"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."
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The Spaniard, who has never won the elite eight-man event, was beaten 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 by in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev, who will play Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final.
Several major American sports have a policy setting out a procedure to be followed in such situations, and Djokovic believes tennis should go down the same route.
It was a case of third time lucky for the Dutch-Croatian fifth seeds, who lost their first two finals, in Marseille and at the US Open, earlier in the year.