2013 Wimbledon Champion, Andy Murray announced last weekend that he has officially hired Amelie Mauresmo as his coach for the grass court season.
Former number 1 in the world, Mauresmo not only has some coaching experience up her sleeve, but a Grand Slam or two as well going into this new partnership! Currently the French Fed Cup Captain, she has a Wimbledon and Australian Open title on her resume, a Silver Medal from the 2004 Olympics and helped coach 2013 Wimbledon Champion, Marion Bartoli, to her first Grand Slam title before retiring from the WTA.
Andy was quoted, “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.”
Not to sound like a feminist, in my opinion, this is a huge step forward for women. In a world where more men are coaches for not only male athletes, but female athletes at every level, this creates a good discussion topic. Can a former WTA player, or female in general, successfully coach an ATP player? Will this open the door for more female coaches to make gains in their career?
What do you think?
All I know is I’m excited to see these two interact on court and see what Murray can do now that he has added Amelie to his team!
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Are you the ultimate Rafa fan?!
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As we anxiously await the start of the French Open, Head player Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth straight win last weekend over Rafael Nadal. That makes 3 Rome Masters titles for the Serbian player with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Nole heads into Roland Garros as a major title favorite.
The victory in Rome gives Djokovic titles in three of the five Masters 1000 events played so far this season. “After three years it is a pleasure to win this trophy again. Rafa has such a tough game and is a difficult opponent always with his game and style.” said the Serb. Djokovic has now claimed Rome honors in 2008, 2011 and now 2014.
We thought it was worth noting to let you guys know that Nole donated all of his €549,000 prize money from the Rome Masters to the flood victims in his home country of Serbia. Pretty impressive!
In doubles, Nenad Zimonjic (also a Head Graphene Speed player) teamed up with Daniel Nestor to win their 27th tour-level team title in Rome, when they captured the doubles title for a second time after 2009. The sixth seeds defeated the team of Robin Haase and Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the final.
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