After losing in the final of the Madrid Open on Sunday to world number one Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray has announced that the two-year coaching partnership with Amelie Mauresmo has come to an end.
In a statement issued from both camps, Murray said “She’s been a calming influence in the team and we will all miss having her around. I’ll take some time to consider the next steps and how we progress from here, but I’d like to thank her for everything she has done. She’s been an invaluable member of the team.”
The British number one dropped to number three in the world rankings, behind Roger Federer, after failing to retain his Madrid Open title yesterday. However, the timing of the decision has raised questions with the start of the second Grand Slam of the year in Paris only two weeks away.
Murray had failed to win one of the big four tournaments during his partnership with Mauresmo, having claimed the US Open, Wimbledon and Olympic titles during his famed companionship with Ivan Llendl.
The split has been expected for some time with many touting that the break-up was on the cards as early as last year. With the French Open and Wimbledon fast approaching, plus the defense of his Olympic title in Rio, the Scot perhaps felt that it was better to explore new avenues.
It remains to be seen whether Murray will appoint a new coach ahead of the most important part of the season, but the 28-year-old is certainly well placed to succeed on his own after rediscovering some of his best form over the past fortnight.