Andy Murray has appointed a new head coach, and it is certainly not one we would have expected.
The British No. 1 revealed on Sunday afternoon that he has hired former women’s No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach. She will begin working with his him in time for the grass court portion of the season.
“I’m excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired,” Murray said. “She’s faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon.”
Mauresmo is currently the French Fed Cup team captain, and has previously won both the Wimbledon and Australian Open titles in her career.
“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.”
Although Mauresmo was surprised when she was contacted by Murray during the French Open, she admits that this is a giant step for women’s coaching.
“I guess it is a big story and a step forward [for female coaches] but that is not my big concern right now,” Mauresmo said. “I’m happy about the new challenge. I want to help Andy, it is the only thing I have in mind right now.”
I’m really excited to be able to work with Andy,” added Mauresmo. “He’s an amazingly talented tennis player and I feel I have plenty to offer both him and the team around him. “I’m looking forward to getting down to work and helping him win more Grand Slams.”
Murray will begin his grass court season with a title defence at Queen’s Club, before heading to SW19 to defend the historic title he won last year at Wimbledon.
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