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Andy Murray confirms Amelie Maursemo as new coach

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Andy Murray has appointed two-time Grand Slam winner Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach for the foreseeable future.

The Frenchwoman had been linked with the position after she was in attendance for the world number five’s first round victory over Andrey Golubev at the French Open in May, and she has become his first female coach.

Mauresmo won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006, and her experience of being a Grand Slam champion helped sway Murray’s decision, as he cited that Mauresmo’s ability to win under pressure and her reputation were credentials that helped him decide on making the appointment.

The former world number two said: "She's faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon.

"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.”

Mauresmo, 34, has previously worked with former world number 21 Michael Llodra during the grass court season in 2010, and she believes her appointment is a positive move for female coaches.

"I guess it is a big story and a step forward [for female coaches] but that is not my big concern right now," she said.

"I'm happy about the new challenge. I want to help Andy, it is the only thing I have in mind right now."

The former women’s world number one will be working with Murray at least for the duration of the grass court season, as he will look to defend his Wimbledon title, and the tournament begins on Monday June 23.

Mauresmo said was approached for the role a few weeks ago, and that she will work with him for a “significant number of weeks.”

"We are going to do the grass court season and then we'll talk after that," she said.

It is not the first time the Dunblane-born player will be coached by a woman, as he was trained by his mother as a child, though Mauresmo will be the first female coach he has had in his professional career.

American Jimmy Connors and Russian Marat Safin are other well known players who were coached by their mothers, and current world number 49 Denis Istomin is coached by his mother Klaudiya.

The British number one had been playing without a coach since parting company with Czech-born Ivan Lendl in March, who aided him to his two Grand Slam victories at the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013, as well as an Olympic gold medal at London 2012.

Lendl was also a Grand Slam winner, and it was believed his experience of winning seven majors rubbed off on Murray, as the mental side of his game developed in their partnership that lasted for two years.

Murray’s first tournament since appointing Lendl’s successor will be at the Queen’s club this week, where he will be defending his title, which he won for the third time in 2013 when beating Croat Marin Cilic in the final.

The 27-year-old goes into the tournament having seen his world ranking rise by three positions at Roland Garros, where he reached the semi-finals before losing to world number one and eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

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