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Murray’s Mauresmo appointment perfect for Wimbledon defence

| 10.06.2014

For the sport of men’s tennis, the announcement that Andy Murray will begin work with former women’s world number one Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach at Queen’s was a landmark announcement, although for the Scot it wasn’t all that peculiar.

Murray became the first household name in the sport to appoint a female coach, although this is not yet a concrete partnership, but is quite used to having a female influence in his career, having been coached by his mother Judy from an early age.

Mauresmo, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is a commentator for Eurosport, captains the French Federation Cup team and organises a tournament in Toulouse so has only agreed to help Murray for the grass court season, with the pair reviewing her role after Wimbledon.

Having won the SW19 tournament as a player in 2006, the Frenchwoman can clearly help Murray in his attempts to defend the title he won 12 months ago, a feat he is currently priced up at 3/1 to achieve with Ladbrokes.

A player with a fearsome backhand and a keenness to volley, Mauresmo is unlikely to tinker too much with the mechanics of Murray’s game, rather encourage him to play the attacking style her predecessor Ivan Lendl had begun to create.

Between the 2002 and 2006, the 34-year-old was at the top of her game. There were only five Grand Slam tournaments in that span where she failed to make at least the quarter finals and two of those were due to absence.

Mauresmo lifted the Australian Open and Wimbledon trophies in 2006 and finished as runner up of the WTA’s year-ending Championship in the same season.

Her first opponent as Murray’s coach will be Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu at the Wimbledon warm-up Aegon Championships in London, a tournament the Scot is also defending champion of.

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Matt Wiggins

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