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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Murray bullish after Lendl split

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Published 20/03/2014 | 02:30

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Andy Murray believes the success of his two-year partnership with coach Ivan Lendl will stand him in good stead for more Grand Slam success after announcing the end of their partnership.

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Murray's link-up with eight-time Major winner Lendl corresponded with the best period of his career, as he won an Olympic gold in London, the 2012 US Open and the Wimbledon title last summer.

Murray said: "I'm eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years – the most successful of my career so far. We've learned a lot and it will be of benefit in the future."

A HOST of current and former Ireland stars will be on hand when a Jesuit Schools' XV take on their Holy Ghost counterparts in a charity game in Donnybrook tonight (6.30).

A combined Clongowes/ Belvedere/Gonzaga selection will take on Blackrock/St Michael's/St Mary's and Templeogue College in aid of Jack Kavanagh, who broke his neck in a swimming accident in 2012.

A similar game was played in 2004 that featured Rob Kearney, Johnny Sexton and Kevin McLaughlin. Tickets from €10 are available from participating schools, Ticketmaster and Lifestyle outlets in Donnybrook, Dundrum, Carrickmines and Mary Street.

Three Rock Rovers and Pembroke Wanderers can both secure places in the Irish League play-offs with a game to spare at the weekend.

The two Dublin sides need one more win apiece to put them into next month's semi-finals. Pembroke welcome Cork Harlequins to Serpentine Avenue, while Rovers are away to Lisnagarvey.

Meanwhile, in the other half of the draw, Banbridge and league title holders Monkstown will emerge from Pool B if they can secure a bonus point against Annadale and Corinthians respectively.

JOHN JOYCE and Caomhin Hynes will fight for the last vest on the Irish team for the AIBA World Youth Championships in Bulgaria next month.

The welterweights meet in tomorrow's Ireland v Irish Defence Force clash at the National Stadium. AIBA world male and female Junior champions Willie Donoghue and Ciara Ginty have been named in the Irish squad for Bulgaria.

The World Youths will act as the only qualifier for August's Youth Olympics in China.

Irish Independent

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