Andy Murray news: Former World No 1 parts ways with coach after disappointing Aus Open

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Andy Murray has split with his latest coach Jan de Witt after his trial period expired, following his performance at the 2022 Australian Open.

The Scot did surprise the tennis world with his comeback Down Under as he did make it to the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic warm-up tournament, but he only made it to the second round of the season opening Grand Slam before bowing out to Taro Daniels from Japan.

The former world No 1 only just parted ways with his coach of more than five years Jamie Delgado during the off-season before he started working with de Witt, as he went on to coach Canadian Denis Shapovalov who had an impressive Australian Open before he was beaten in the quarter finals by eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

De Witt had the likes of Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon on his coaching CV before he joined Murray’s team ahead of the Mubadala Tennis World Championship exhibition event in December, but after the 34 year old’s straight set loss to Daniels in the first Grand Slam of the season De Witt’s number was up and his trial period wasn’t extended or renewed.

This means that Murray is without a coach for upcoming ATP competitions in Doha and Dubai next month, however tennis legend Tim Henman has tipped the Scot to be successful this year, but a bit closer to home.

“This is a long year and to have already been in a final, he’s played plenty of tennis, he’s got matches under his belt, I’m sure he can bounce back from this pretty rapidly,” Henman told Eurosport.

“Where is it most likely to happen? I think the reality is probably Wimbledon, I think grass is a surface that he’s very comfortable on.

“He has the experience of playing great tennis there, having won there twice and also the support of the crowd so I think if he’s going to have a good run in a Grand Slam in 2022, it’ll probably be at Wimbledon.”

The 2022 season has only just begun, but it’s already looking promising for the player who was close to retirement just three years ago.

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