Amelie Mauresmo backed by tennis stars

June 9, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

Andy Murray’s appointment of Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach has sparked excitement throughout the tennis world.

The Frenchwoman, 34, who has previously worked with Victoria Azarenka, Marion Bartoli and Michael Llodra, will initially work with Murray for the grass court season.

The Scot, 27, has taken his time finding a new coach since parting ways with Ivan Lendl in March.

BBC Sport asked stars from the game for their reactions to the move.

Former French Open winner Ana Ivanovic: “It’s exciting and pushes tennis in a different direction. Amelie was such a great champion, so I’m sure she can help him.

“I know it’s a little unorthodox but if it works for him that’s what matters the most. It’s great for women’s tennis. It shows we can be as powerful as males and maybe on the girls tour there will be more female coaches now.”

Jim Courier

‘It’s a bold call, certainly an interesting one. He’s come up with his mother as his coach.’ – Jim Courier

Former world number one Jim Courier:“Well, it’s a bold call, certainly an interesting one. Amelie knows her tennis and time will tell whether it turns out to be a good match. But it’s going to be exciting.

“It’s bold, it’s fun, it’s something we’re all going to be talking about and good for Andy. He’s come up with his mother as his coach from a very young age so he’s comfortable hearing from both genders about his tennis.”

Former British number one Annabel Croft: “I guess everyone’s a little bit in shock, it’s left-field, it’s different. I’m intrigued to find out from him what he thinks she can bring to his game.

“She played in such a different way to Andy. He plays double-handed, has a big serve – she played a lot single-handed, had a very tactical guise and was a big thinker about the game.

“Andy likes people around him who have a sense of fun and humour but Amelie is very serious. I can’t imagine there will be too much joking around, maybe that’s why he chose her.”