Murray ends partnership with coach Mauresmo

Although Andy Murray (right) lost Sunday's Madrid Open final to Novak Djokovic, he made his biggest progress under coach Amelie Mauresmo (above) on the claycourts.
Although Andy Murray (above) lost Sunday's Madrid Open final to Novak Djokovic, he made his biggest progress under coach Amelie Mauresmo on the claycourts. PHOTO: REUTERS
Although Andy Murray (right) lost Sunday's Madrid Open final to Novak Djokovic, he made his biggest progress under coach Amelie Mauresmo (above) on the claycourts.
Although Andy Murray lost Sunday's Madrid Open final to Novak Djokovic, he made his biggest progress under coach Amelie Mauresmo (above) on the claycourts. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

PARIS • Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo announced yesterday that they had mutually agreed to end the Frenchwoman's two-year stint as coach of the two-time Grand Slam champion.

Under Mauresmo's tutelage, Murray won seven titles, including his first two on clay, and reached the Australian Open finals in 2015 and 2016.

"Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me," said Mauresmo in a joint statement with Murray on her Facebook page.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed being part of the great team of people he has around him. Dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for me.

"I wish him and (his) team well and I hope he goes on to win many more titles."

Mauresmo, who is a former women's world No. 1 and a two-time Grand Slam champion, took over as Murray's coach in June 2014, after the Scot parted ways with Czech Ivan Lendl.

Under Lendl, Murray won Olympic gold in 2012 as well as the US Open later that year, before his historic Wimbledon success in 2013.

Mauresmo took some time off last summer while pregnant with her son, with Swede Jonas Bjorkman filling in in her absence.

The 36-year-old, who was the first woman to coach a top male tennis player, has not been seen around the practice courts with Murray for several months.

Nevertheless, Murray said: "I've learnt a lot from Amelie over the last two years, both on and off the court.

"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."

While Murray made two straight final appearances at Melbourne Park - both of which ended in losses to Novak Djokovic - the biggest improvement in his game under Mauresmo has come on clay, as he finally progressed to the French Open semi-finals after he started working with Mauresmo.

The Scot also claimed his maiden claycourt title in Munich last year, and backed it up by beating Rafael Nadal on the red dirt for the first time in last year's Madrid Masters final.

The Scot surrendered that crown to Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Sunday, but only after pushing the Serb hard to force a tight deciding set. Sunday's loss also saw Murray lose the world No. 2 ranking to Roger Federer.

In his first event without Mauresmo, Murray sits at the opposite end of the draw of this week's Rome Masters alongside Federer and Nadal, with Djokovic in the other half.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2016, with the headline 'Murray ends partnership with coach Mauresmo'. Print Edition | Subscribe