Andy Murray has appointed former women’s number one Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach, the Wimbledon champion said Sunday.
Former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Mauresmo will initially take up the role for the grasscourt season and will join Murray at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club next week where the British number one will be hoping to defend his title.
“I’m excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired,” Murray, who was knocked out of the French Open by Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals, said on his website (www.andymurray.com). “She is faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including the Wimbledon.
“I have a very strong coaching team 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 with her joining the team will help us push on — I want to win more grand slams.”
World number eight Murray ended his successful partnership with Ivan Lendl in March, having won two grand slam titles and a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics under the tutelage of the eight-times major winner.
The 34-year-old Mauresmo, who is currently France’s Fed Cup captain, has enjoyed a successful coaching stint since retiring in 2009 and guided Marion Bartoli to her first major title at Wimbledon last year. “I’m really excited to work with Andy,” she said.
The French, however, did not specify what her plans were, but did say it was a “surprise” when Murray had called her.