London: British tennis star Andy Murray announced on Friday that doubles specialist Ross Hutchins will be his new coach starting at the Barcelona Open later this month.
The world number five has been without a full-time coach since parting company with Miles Maclagan in July of last year.
He appointed Alex Corretja as his coaching consultant but a poor recent run of form since reaching the Australian Open final resulted in him parting ways with the Spaniard earlier this week.
Murray confirmed on his Twitter page: "Ross Hutchins will be my new coach alongside Dani (Vallverdu) starting in Barcelona. Can't wait to get started."
Murray, 23, has seen a huge slump in his form 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.
Those defeats have prompted Murray to rethink the makeup of his coaching team which also includes old friend Vallverdu as well as his mother Judy.