Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo have ended their partnership only a day after the Brit's loss in the Madrid Open Final to world number one, Novak Djokovic.
Murray, who put in a dogged display to go down fighting to the Serb in a three-set thriller (6-2, 3-6, 6-3) has revealed that both he and his coach, Mauresmo, have mutually agreed to end their partnership after the conclusion of the event.
In a statement, Murray said: "I've learned a lot from Amelie in the last two years on-and-off the court. She's been a calming influence on the team and we'll miss having her around.
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"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's done. She's been an invaluable member of the team."
The 28-year-old, who will celebrate his birthday at the end of this week, has had a number of coaches in his dazzling career including Ivan Lendl (2011-14) - who led him to his two Grand Slam victories in the US Open and Wimbledon - and Miles Maclagan (2007-10), who has since coached Philipp Kohlschreiber, Marcos Baghdatis, Sam Stosur, Laura Robson & Borna Coric.
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Mauresmo, who had won Wimbledon and the Australian Open in her fantastic playing career, had been coaching Murray since June 2014, and the news of the split is very surprising given his impressive performance to make the final in Madrid.
Mauresmo explained, "Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed being a 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 the team well and I hope he goes on to win many more titles."
Murray officially dropped below Roger Federer to number three in the world rankings today after yesterday's defeat but whoever he chooses to fill the position will have to be immediately influential as the world number two is hitting form at exactly the right time.
With the French Open starting in two weeks time and his desire to depose Djokovic increasing, it is going to need a big character to get Murray over the line the upcoming battles.
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