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Britain's Andy Murray (L) is watched by his coach Amelie Mauresmo during a training session on day seven of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2016. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Work/life balance

Andy Murray splits with female coach, but doesn’t want it to reflect poorly on women

By WITW Staff on May 10, 2016

Andy Murray hopes that his decision to stop working with coach Amelie Mauresmo, the first female coach hired by a high-profile male tennis player, won’t be seen as a rebuke to women coaches or as a sign of their failure. The British champion said at the Italian Open on Tuesday that he felt he really improved under Mauresmo during the two years they worked together, and saw his results pick up.

“I mean, for me, the time we spent together was positive. It’s just a shame I wasn’t able to win one of the major events, because that’s what both of us wanted,” Murray said.

Mauresmo, who gave birth to her first child in August and took six months off from coaching, said that dedicating enough time to coach Murray in addition to the travel required had been “a challenge.” Murray noted that Roger Federer announced the end of his work with coach Stefan Edberg in 2015 because Edberg wanted to spend more time with family, and “no one sort of batted an eyelid about that.” He said he will begin thinking about a long-term replacement for Mauresmo in the coming weeks. The French Open is set to begin in 12 days.

“So, in my opinion, it’s nothing to do with Amelie being a woman,” Murray added. “It’s the case of it takes a lot of time to do the job well and properly. It’s not easy to do that for four, five years in a row.”

Read the full story at the The Associated Press.


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