13 Jun 2016

Murray reunites with Lendl

1:03 pm on 13 June 2016

Scottish tennis player Andy Murray has reunited with former coach Ivan Lendl as the world No.2 prepares for another tilt at the Wimbledon title.

Andy Murray returns against David Ferrer at the 2015 Australian Open in Melbourne, January 27, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN

Andy Murray returns against David Ferrer Photo: AFP

The reformed partnership will start this week at the grasscourt Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, the Wimbledon warm-up event, with the Scot hoping it will be both successful and lasting.

"Provided everything's good, it will hopefully go on for a long time," Murray said after announcing the move.

Czech-born Lendl, 56, was world No.1 in the 1980s and won eight Grand Slam singles titles - three French Opens, three US Opens and two Australian Opens.

The two parted in March 2014 after two years during which Murray won the 2012 Olympic gold, the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Wimbledon title.

Murray, who reached his first French Open final this month, has not added to his two grand slam titles since their separation.

"I think the most successful period of my career was while I was working with Ivan. I know what he can offer," he said.

"The experiences he had, I think psychologically he helped me in the major competitions and they're obviously the events I'm trying to win and am competing for."

"I hope he can bring that same experience and those same benefits that he did last time."

The 29-year-old, who has former British player Jamie Delgado as his full-time coach, worked with French coach and former Wimbledon women's champion Amelie Mauresmo until May.

Mauresmo helped guide the Scot to seven titles and two Australian Open finals.

Lendl, who has been working in the United States with the USTA Player Development programme, said he had enjoyed working with Murray before and looked forward to doing so again.

"Andy and I have always stayed in contact so it should be fun to be part of his team again," he added in a statement.

Murray, going for his fifth Queen's title, took five days off after his French Open defeat to Novak Djokovic before practising again.

"I'd never done that well on clay before so I needed to let my body rest and recover a little bit before I started practising on the grass again," he said.