Murray moving on after Lendl split
12:44pm Wednesday 19th March 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Andy Murray believes the success of his two-year partnership with coach Ivan Lendl will stand him in good stead for more grand slam success in the future after announcing the end of their partnership by mutual consent.
The British number one made the surprise announcement via his official website on Wednesday and will now consider his options with regard to the possible naming of Lendl's successor.
Murray's link with eight-time major winner Lendl corresponded with the start of the best period of his career, winning an Olympic gold medal in London before breaking his own grand slam duck at the 2012 US Open.
The Scot built on that success when he ended the 77-year wait for a British men's winner of the Wimbledon singles title at the All England Club last summer - ironically the only major title Lendl himself never managed to win.
Murray, who is returning from back surgery and preparing to defend his title in Miami, said: "I'm eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years - the most successful of my career so far.
"As a team, we've learned a lot and it will definitely be of benefit in the future. I'll take some time with the team to consider the next steps and how we progress from here."
Murray, 26, appointed Lendl as his coach in December 2011 after working with a number of others including Mark Petchey, Brad Gilbert and Alex Corretja.
Just like Lendl before him, Murray had lost his first four grand slam finals and the Czech's appointment was seen as a shrewd move as he looked for the extra ingredient required to become a major winner.
Speaking in the wake of his historic Wimbledon triumph, Murray said: "I think he believed in me when a lot of people didn't. He stuck by me through some obviously tough losses in the last couple of years. He's been very patient with me.
"He's made me learn more from the losses that I've had than maybe I did in the past. I think he's always been very honest with me.
"Last year after the (2012 Wimbledon) final he told me he was proud of the way I played because I went for it. It was the first time I had played in a grand slam final like that. He got me mentally slightly different going into those sort of matches."
Lendl is believed to have been reluctant to commit to the full-time role Murray required due to his desire to fulfil other tennis commitments, including more appearances on the veterans' tour.
Lendl said: "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."
Murray has slipped to his current world ranking of sixth as he continues to recover from the back surgery he underwent towards the end of last year.
He reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January where he lost to Roger Federer, and suffered a surprise defeat to Canada's Milos Raonic in the last-16 of the ATP BNP Paribas Masters event in Indian Wells earlier this month.