This week saw Wimbledon champion Andy Murray split with coach Ivan Lendl after two years working together.

Lendl coached Murray during his most successful period in tennis – the Scot won the US Open and Olympic Gold in 2012, before fulfilling his life-long dream of winning Wimbledon in 2013.

Both men have said the split was by "mutual consent". Murray is expected to play in the Miami Masters without a coach, as he considers the next direction of his career.

Meanwhile, Lendl said it was now time for him to "concentrate on some of my own projects, including playing more events around the world".

Lendl was appointed as Murray’s coach in December 2011 with the aim of improving Murray’s results in major tournament. After a successful 2012 for the Scot, it was clear the Swiss coach had significantly improved Murray’s mentality and physical fitness.

The two men have split on good terms and Murray was quick to thank Lendl’s contribution to his career.

"I'm eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work," Murray told BBC Sport.

"We've learned a lot as a team and it will be of benefit in the future,” he added.

One of the front-runners to be appointed Murray’s new coach is Dani Vallverdu – who is already part of the Wimbledon champion’s backroom team.

Vallverdu is also a close friend of Murray’s from his time at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona – where the Scot trained as a 16 year-old.

Other candidates for the position include Darren Cahill (Adidas Development Programme), Roger Rasheed (Currently working with Grigor Dimitrov), Bob Brett (Boros Becker’s former coach) and Mats Wilander (Former grand slam champion).

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