Murray splits with part-time coach Corretja

Andy Murray split with part-time coaching consultant Alex

Corretja and will try to halt the worst skid of his career.

The fifth-ranked Murray has worked with Corretja since 2008 in a

bid to improve his clay-court game, but the pair have mutually

agreed to end their relationship. The Scottish player is heading

into the clay-court season after getting knocked out in opening

matches at Rotterdam, Indian Wells and Miami.

”I have learned so much from being around him and I want to

thank him for his hard work, enthusiasm, dedication and support,”

Murray said on his website. ”He has been a great friend as well as

a mentor to me and we’ve shared lots of success and good times on

and off the court.”

Murray hasn’t won a set since beating David Ferrer of Spain in

the semifinals of the Australia Open in late January. He lost to

Novak Djokovic in the final.

Murray reached three Grand Slam finals and won six Masters

Series events in his three years with Corretja, but failed to land

an elusive major.

British media reported Monday that eight-time major winner Ivan

Lendl would be interested in coaching Murray.