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!
Play with heart,