Slumping Murray splits with coach

The world men’s tennis No. 5, Andy Murray, parted company with coaching consultant Alex Corretja after a string of dismal performances, Sky Sports reported Tuesday.

Murray has seen a huge slump since his straight-sets loss to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final in January, and he lost early to qualifiers in the Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami.

The out-of-form British number one, who is rumored to be considering a partnership with the eight-time grand slam winner Ivan Lendl, is now reviewing his coaching situation.

"I’ve had a really good relationship with Alex over the past three years. 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 in a statement.

"He has been a great friend as well as a mentor to me, and we’ve shared lots of success and good times both on and off the court."

Corretja joined Murray’s team in April 2008, initially to help the 23 year old during the clay-court season, in which he has consistently failed to replicate his results on other surfaces.

The Spaniard, a two-time French Open runner-up and former world No. 2, said, "Helping Andy has been a great experience for me. He’s got great talent and can be one of the best on any surface."

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