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Andy Murray will demand longer hours from Amelie Mauresmo

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Andy Murray wants new coach Amelie Mauresmo to spend more time working with him than previous coach Ivan Lendl.

The 27-year-old has begun working with the Frenchwoman at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club in London this week, and their partnership is due to last at least for the duration of the grass court season.

The world number five parted company with Lendl in March, and had been playing without a coach before he announced the appointment of Mauresmo after he was knocked out of the French Open.

While it is unclear whether the former women’s world number one will continue to coach the Wimbledon champion after that point, he has set out a target for the number of weeks he hopes they will be able to work together.

“I don't know exactly how many weeks Amelie would work yet," said Murray.

"But when I chatted to her, there was a number that I threw out, which is what I would like. We haven't agreed specifically on anything just yet, we'll see in a few weeks. There is a number of weeks I would like, and yes, that is more than with Ivan."

Murray was speaking after his first match with his new coach was a successful one, as he managed to beat world number 92 Paul-Henri Mathieu of France on the way to reaching the third round at Queen’s.

The Dunblane-born player began working with the two-time Grand Slam winning coach before the match on Wednesday, and while he is the first male Grand Slam winner to appoint a female coach, the 2012 Olympic champion made it clear that gender had no bearing on his choice of coach.

"At first it was a consideration because it's been a few years since I've worked with a woman, but once the decision was made I haven't thought about it," he added.

"It's more about the qualities she can bring that will help me and my tennis."

There will be a review carried out after Murray has attempted to defend his Wimbledon title between himself and his backroom team, which was the second of two Grand Slams that he won under the tutelage of Lendl in a partnership that lasted for two years.

Murray is hoping that the two can continue to work together beyond the grass court season, and both parties will make a decision based on how the next two tournaments pan out.
"I hope it works out in the long-term," he said.

"After the grass court season I'll sit down and speak to them about it; it's up to me to make a decision on who that person is, but I'll sit down with the guys after Wimbledon and see if we think it's worked. If everything is going well then hopefully we can continue.

"Obviously I'll chat with Amelie too - because it's not just me who will have a decision to make. She might hate working with me, she might find it difficult being around me, so she might not want to do it."

The British number one will face Czech Radek Stepanek for a place in the quarter-finals on Thursday, as he aims to defend his title that he won for the third time in 2013.

He has come into his first grass court tournament of 2014 looking in strong form, as he made the semi-finals of the French Open last week, which saw his world ranking rise by three positions.

It had been a difficult year for the 2012 US Open champion until that point, as he is yet to reach the final of a tournament in 2014, and he is still aiming to win his first singles title since splitting with Lendl.

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