Andy Murray hires Mauresmo for Wimbledon!

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,

Michelle

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl call it quits

Andy Murray announced today that he will be terminating his two year coaching relationship with Ivan Lendl.

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As Murray’s coach, Lendl helped coach the Scot to an Olympic Gold Medal, a US Open title and a Wimbledon Championship, yet the two have mutually agreed to go their separate ways. Murray said, “I’m eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far. As a team, we’ve learned a lot and it will definitely be of benefit in the future. I’ll take some time with the team to consider the next steps and how we progress from here.”
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5th Annual T Dubbies: Year End Tennis Awards

The most coveted award in all of tennis

The most coveted award in all of tennis

I don’t know about you, but to me, 2013 seemed like it was only about 3 months long. One minute everyone was doing the Harlem Shake and the next, they moved on to something called twerking. It felt like just yesterday that I was writing my 2012 year in review. Weren’t we just talking about Rafael Nadal’s comeback? But here we are, at the end of the 2013, less than 1 month away from the 2014 Australian Open. And Rafa’s knee, much like Miley Cyrus, appears to be alive and well.

These past 12 months can be summed up in 2 words: Rafa, Serena. Both had spectacular seasons and both went into 2013 with question marks. Rafa with his knee and Serena with her age (which, at 32, is considered “over the hill” in tennis years). And yes, let’s not forget that this was the year Andy Murray got the monkey, well, more like Godzilla, off his back by winning Wimbledon.

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