Andy Murray Doesn't Need to Immediately Replace Former Coach Ivan Lendl

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIApril 20, 2014

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 06:  Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand volley during his straight sets defeat in the fourth rubber by Fabio Fognini of Italy  during day three of the Davis Cup World Group Quarter Final match between Italy and Great Britain at Tennis Club Napoli  on April 6, 2014 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Andy Murray and coach Ivan Lendl mutually parted ways in March. This isn't a new scenario for Murray, who has changed coaches multiple times over his professional career; however, no other split has been more notable.

During his first year with Lendl, Murray earned his first trip to the Wimbledon finals, won an Olympic gold medal and earned his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.

In 2013, Murray claimed his greatest achievement, a Wimbledon title that ended a 77-year drought for Britain's men in the event.

Lendl was appreciative of the time he spent with Murray, according to a statement posted on Murray's blog (via the Los Angeles Times):

Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me. He is a first-class guy. Having helped him achieve his goal of winning major titles, I feel like it is time for me to concentrate on some of my own projects moving forward including playing more events around the world which I am really enjoying.

Needless to say, Lendl's impact on Murray's career was astronomical.

Lendl was a fantastic coach and mentor to the 26-year-old Murray. That's exactly the reason why the world's No. 8 player doesn't need to rush to find a replacement.

The lessons Lendl instilled in Murray are still prevalent. Under Lendl's tutelage, Murray quickly became one of the world's dominant players—something that won't change due to this split.

Murray acknowledged Lendl's teachings during an interview with Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:

"I would hope that I've learned enough from him and a way to approach those matches and how to deal with those situations better. Because I have won those matches, so I know how to deal with it better now."

Murray continues to rehab from back surgery, and it is clear he has quite some time until he is once again at full strength.

With an 18-7 record and zero titles in 2014, Murray must focus on his health rather than finding a coach. He must regain his form before working with a new mentor who is less familiar with his habits.

Murray's patience in this matter will surely pay off in the long run.