Sunday, June 08, 2014
WHAT LENDL COULDN'T DO A WOMAN CAN DO? MURRAY APPOINTS FORMER WOMEN WORLD NUMBER ONE, MAURESMO AS COACH
Andy Murray has appointed former women's world number one Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach.
The Wimbledon champion parted ways with former coach Ivan Lendl in March after a successful two-year partnership which saw Murray win the US Open in 2012 and triumph at SW19 last summer.
Murray's management announced in a statement that Mauresmo will initially team up with Murray for this summer's grass court season. The Frenchwoman had been heavily linked with the post after she watched his first-round victory over Andrey Golubev at the French Open.
Thirty-four year old Mauresmo is currently France's Fed Cup captain and will initially work with Murray for the grass court season.
She is one of the few women to have coached a man they were not related to after helping Michael Llodra during the grass-court season in 2010.
Murray is excited at the prospect of working with Mauresmo who at some point in her career, won the wimbledon title.
"I'm excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired," the Scot said.
"She's faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon.
"I have a very strong coaching team already in place, but I think Amelie brings with her experience and tactical expertise and will push us all to improve.
"Everyone I know talks very highly of Amelie, as a person and coach, and I'm convinced that her joining the team will help us push on - I want to win more Grand Slams."
Mauresmo said that Murray had first contacted her "a few weeks ago" and it was "a bit of surprise".
The Frenchwoman added: "I guess it is a big story and a step forward [for female coaches] but that is not my big concern right now.
"I'm happy about the new challenge. I want to help Andy, it is the only thing I have in mind right now."
It is unclear as to how long Mauresmo will be Murray's coach for. She said she had agreed to coach him for a "significant amount of weeks" although she later added: "We are going to do the grass court season and then we'll talk after that."
Mauresmo, who is the current France Fed Cup captain and won the Australian Open as well as Wimbledon during her playing career, has also worked with Victoria Azarenka and coached Marion Bartoli to her Wimbledon victory last summer.
Murray was comprehensively beaten by Rafael Nadal in the French Open semi-finals on Friday and will now turn his attention to the grass court season, playing in the Aegon Championships at Queen's before his Wimbledon defence begins on June 23.
The 27-year-old has won his past two tournaments at the All England Club with last year's Championship win adding to his Olympic gold in 2012 and Mauresmo is already targeting more grand slams.