Andy Murray has split from his coach Ivan Lendl for the second time in his career as he prepares to make a comeback from injury in 2018.
The British number one won two Grand Slams and two Olympic gold medals under the Czech former world number one's stewardship. Murray won the US Open and his first men's singles gold medal during their first stint between 2012 and 2014.
He was then coached by Amelie Mauresmo before he turned back to Lendl in 2016 when he won his second Wimbledon title and second Olympic gold while also reaching world number one for the first time in his career.
Murray's 2017 campaign was not as fruitful as his previous campaign. He won just one title and struggled with injury during the campaign. He started the year at the top of the men's singles ranking, but has now dropped to 16 in the world after ending his season early – after his quarter-finals loss at Wimbledon – due to a hip injury.
The Scot thanked Lendl for his help during their time together, and revealed that his focus now is on getting fit and returning in time for the start of the 2018 campaign. Murray is expected to travel to Miami to begin preparations with coach Jamie Delgado and his fitness team before arriving in Australia in December to prepare for his first two events of the season in January - the Brisbane International and the Australian Open.
"I'm thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years, we've had great success and learned a lot as a team," Murray said, as quoted by Sky Sports. "My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing."
Lendl, who will not continue working with the USTA player development, wished Murray well indicating that the decision to split was mutual.
"I wish Andy well going forward. We had a great run and a lot of fun," Lendl said.