Paris - Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych hired a new coaching team on Tuesday including Venezuelan Danny Vallverdu who was until last month one of Andy Murray's coaches.
Vallverdu, 28 and who has been close friends with Murray since they met at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, was the Scottish player's coach when he won the Olympic gold medal in London in 2012, the same year he won his first Grand Slam crown the US Open.
He was also part of the coaching team as Murray went on to win Wimbledon in 2013 becoming the first Briton since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the men's title.
Berdych, who is yet to win a Grand Slam singles title with his best performance reaching the 2010 Wimbledon final, moved quickly to snap up Vallverdu and ended his association with Tomas Krupa and David Vydra.
"Dear fans my new coach for 2015 will be Danny Vallverdu and Azuz Simcich. Thank you to Tomas Krupa and David Vydra for great time together!" Berdych wrote on his Facebook page.