Andy Murray Splits From Coach Brad Gilbert

British and Scottish number one Andy Murray has parted company with his most recent coach Brad Gilbert after only a short 16 month period of working together.

Murray teamed up with Gilbert in July 2006 just after Wimbledon and rose from 36 in the world rankings to a high of 8 in June 2007, when he then suffered a serious wrist injury. In a groundbreaking deal, the LTA paid Brad Gilbert’s salary, reportedly to be approximatly £750,000. Gilbert signed a 3 year contract as a performance coach and, alongside looking after Murray, had a wider role within the LTA.

Murray said,

Despite being injured for almost four months this year, I am pleased with my 2007 results and am very grateful for the help that the LTA have given me by providing Brad Gilbert as a coach….But the time has come to move on to the next stage of my career…..I am ranked 11 in the world and can now afford to pay my own way and so will now hire a team of experts each to fulfil a specified role in the development of my tennis and fitness

Roger Draper, chief executive of the LTA, said:

Andy has had another great year and despite a serious injury has demonstrated that he is a truly world class player. Whilst working with Brad he has broken into the top 10, won two ATP titles and reached three finals….Roger Draper, chief executive of the LTA, said: “Andy has had another great year and despite a serious injury has demonstrated that he is a truly world class player….Whilst working with Brad he has broken into the top 10, won two ATP titles and reached three finals.