Murray and Delgado part company

In his continual search for a way back up the rankings, former world No.1, currently languishing down at 134, Andy Murray, has parted company with long-time coach Jamie Delgado and joined forces with German Jan De Witt.

The two Brits have been together for just over five years when Delgado became a member of the Murray entourage, joining the then British No.1’s team in 2016 with Ivan Lendl as the main coach.

Delgado took over the main coaching role in 2017 and was in Murray’s corner when he won his second Wimbledon title, Olympic Gold, the ATP Finals and claimed the top spot in the world rankings.

He has also been loyal throughout Murray’s recovery following hip surgery in 2018 which threatened the Scot’s career.

But it seems the partnership has finally come to an end with neither player making any official statement for the moment.

Delgado, a former British Davis cup player, will now be helping Denis Shapovalov, the Canadian world No.14, who knocked Murray out of this year’s Wimbledon in the third round.

During the Stockholm Open, Murray had been trialling Esteban Carril, Johanna Konta’s former coach but will now test De Witt for a trial period as he builds up for next month’s Australian Open, a period which will include next week’s Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi, where he is scheduled to face Austria’s Dominic Thiem with the winner going on to play Spanish icon Rafa Nadal, two players who have also been side-lined for some time with injuries.

Gilles Simon (L) chats with his then coach Jan de Witt (R) during a practice session in 2015.

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De Witt has worked with players such as Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils and Nikoloz Basilashvili in the past, and will now spend a period working alongside the rest of Murray’s team.

The German is well liked on the tour for his honesty and once said: “If the player feels you are scared to lose your job, then you have lost already. I have a reputation that has been built up over 20 years. That is if I don’t feel like working with a player then I stop at that moment. I don’t care how much it is going to cost me.”

A strong personality, more in the mould of Ivan Lendl, who initially put Murray on the road to Grand Slam success.



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