Andy Murray will focus on regaining full fitness before appointing a new coach after the announcement late on Friday that his second spell with Ivan Lendl has come to an end.

Off the Tour since Wimbledon with a serious hip injury that has affected him since May, Murray will rely on his travelling coach, Jamie Delgado, and his existing team as he targets a return to action in Brisbane at the start of January.

Having seen each other infrequently in 2017, largely down to injury, the decision is not a big surprise, coming at the time of year when players plot their schedules for the following season.

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Murray’s three grand slams, two gold medals and ascent to world No 1 all came in tandem with Lendl.

But though he will begin 2018 ranked No 16 the focus, initially, will be on playing pain free and regaining form before seeking out another coach.

Should Murray want another super-coach, the likes of Boris Becker, who coached Novak Djokovic, and John McEnroe are likely to be in the frame, but Murray likes to do things a little differently and could go in another direction altogether.

The Scot returned to the court this month in an exhibition against Roger Federer in Glasgow and he plans a training block in Miami next month before heading to Australia earlier than usual to prepare for the new year.

Murray is not the only top player to change coaches lately, with Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Germany’s Angelique Kerber among those to end relationships with their existing coaches.