Andy Murray appoints Ivan Lendl as his coach

Murray appoints eight-time grand slam winner Lendl as full-time coach

Andy Murray has appointed former world No 1 Ivan Lendl as his full-time coach.

World No 4 Murray will begin working with Lendl immediately as they prepare for the Australian Open next month.

“Ivan”s impact on the game is unquestionable and he brings experience and knowledge that few others have, particularly in major tournaments,” said the 24-year-old Scot.

New year, same target: Murray is desperate to seal his first grand slam title

New year, same target: Murray is desperate to seal his first grand slam title

Murray added: “It was important to me that any new person joining my team was able to add fresh insight.

“I look forward to working with him going forward.”

Czech-born Lendl, 51, is one of the most decorated players of all time, a winner of eight grand slam tournaments. In a statement released through Murray”s management company, Lendl said: “I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Andy.

“He is a unique talent and I look forward to trying to help him reach his goals.”

Moving forward: The British No 1 has appointed Lendl (left) as his full-time coach

Moving forward: The British No 1 has appointed Lendl (left) as his full-time coach

Murray has experienced a mixed 2011. Currently the world No 4, he enjoyed a spell at No 3 before dropping back behind Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

He reached the final of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of the other three grand slams. And he enjoyed a rich run of form later in the year, lifting titles in Bangkok, Tokyo and at the Shanghai Masters before seeing his 17-match winning streak ended by Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters in early November.

His season ended with disappointment, pulling out of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London with injury.

But that ultimate grand slam prize continues to elude him, however, and it will be hoped Lendl”s presence will play dividends in 2012.

And with the Olympics in London taking place in the summer, Murray has set his sights on a successful year. Simon Fuller, Murray”s manager and business partner, said: “Andy”s achievements in 2011 have demonstrated the quality of his game.

“Having a champion like Lendl join his team will help him achieve his ultimate ambitions.”