Murray reunites with old coach Lendl

LONDON • Andy Murray boosted his bid for a second Wimbledon title on Sunday by recalling to his team Ivan Lendl, who coached the Briton to his success on "home turf" in 2013.

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 Czech former world No. 1 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 the Scot. "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 at Queen's. "I enjoyed working with Andy in the past," he said. "Andy and I have always stayed in contact so it should be fun to be part of his team again."

The 56-year-old left Murray's fold in 2014 because he had had enough of the incessant travelling.

The Briton eventually replaced the eight-time Grand Slam singles champion - for whom Wimbledon was the only Grand Slam title to elude him, losing in two finals - with former French female star Amelie Mauresmo.

However, while he regained his No. 2 spot in the world rankings, Murray failed to add to his Grand Slam trophy haul and split from her earlier this year.

Meanwhile, former Wimbledon semi-finalist Simona Halep, the world No. 5, withdrew from the WTA Birmingham tournament with an Achilles injury yesterday.

The 24-year-old Romanian - a French Open finalist in 2014, the same year she reached the last four at Wimbledon - said: "It's nothing serious but it's a bit sore. I have almost two weeks to recover before Wimbledon so I will take a few days' rest and then some treatment and then start to play again."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2016, with the headline 'Murray reunites with old coach Lendl'. Print Edition | Subscribe