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Andy Murray excited by ‘fresh and exciting’ partnership with new coach Amelie Mauresmo

Amelie Mauresmo is Andy Murrays new coach

Amelie Mauresmo is Andy Murrays new coach

Andy Murray sees his partnership with Amelie Mauresmo as fresh and exciting and does not believe working with a woman will be a big change.

The Wimbledon champion is not afraid to break the mould and has certainly done so again by hiring the Frenchwoman to be his new coach, initially for the grass-court season.

Murray set the trend for superstar coaches when he appointed Ivan Lendl at the end of 2011 but this will be seen as hugely significant for women both in tennis and sport as a whole.

The pair will team up for the first time at this week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, and Murray said: “I spoke to her a few times on the phone and when I was in Paris I met her before the tournament.

“We’ll try during the grass-court (tournaments) and hopefully we’ll both enjoy it.

“She’s obviously a fantastic player. She won Wimbledon, she was world number one, won the Australian Open. Just from speaking to her, she’s very calm, she’s a good person.

“I think we will communicate well together, and I think that’s a very important part of coaching.

“I obviously worked with my mum for a long time and then even periods when I was 16, 17 years old. For me it doesn’t feel like a very different thing.

“I wasn’t paying my mum so it’ll be a little bit different this time around because I’ll be employing Amelie. I think it’s exciting, something a bit new for me, something a bit fresh and hopefully it works well.”

Many names have been put forward since Lendl decided in March he no longer wanted to dedicate the time to the partnership that he had for the previous two years.

The spotlight first shone on Mauresmo when she was spotted watching Murray’s first-round match against Andrey Golubev at the French Open last week.

She initially played down the speculation, but said at a packed press conference at Roland Garros on Sunday: “Andy contacted me a few weeks ago and we started to talk about this possibility to work together.

“It’s not really something that I was thinking of doing when I stopped being a tennis player. Then we talked again a little bit more about his game, about different things.

“We came up with the will from both sides to to give it a shot.”

Mauresmo is not focusing on the trailblazing aspect of her new role.

She said: “I guess it is a big story to write on and a step forward.

“But honestly, it’s not my big concern right now. I’m happy about this new challenge. I want to help Andy. It’s the only thing that I have in mind.

“All I’m interested in is to be able to help him in his goals. For me it’s a challenge.”

 

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