Martina Navratilova gives backing to Andy Murray ahead of Wimbledon

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Former World No. 1 Martina Navratilova has admitted she would have seriously considered coaching Andy Murray if she were asked.

Since the announcement of the Scot appointing a female coach there has been much discussion whether this partnership will work, due to Amelie Mauresmo being a female.

Speaking of the decision, Martina told The Clare Balding Show: “Andy doesn’t see gender clearly because he had his mum as his coach, even though his mum is a women he didn’t care he just wanted the best advice possible.”

The 57-year-old believes that the two could potentially share a very successful partnership and hopes that Mauresmo will be able to help push Murray to become more of an aggressive player.

She has stressed that in order for Murray to continue being a strong threat to the top players in the game, he must stop playing passive tennis.

Andy’s mum, Judy Murray, also expressed her surprise at how much media attention the announcement attracted, but remains 100% in support of her son's decision to name the former French major winner.

She commented on the apparent sexism debate when telling the same show: “I mean there is absolutely no reason why a woman who has the experience and skills can’t operate at the top end of any men’s sport.”

Alongside this, she spoke extremely highly of Murray’s old coach Ivan Lendl, relaying how their partnership came to a sad end at the start of this year.

Most importantly, both women believe the British number one has got what it takes to defend his Wimbledon title - as long as he enters the tournament with a determined attitude.

Martina Navratilova and Judy Murray were speaking on The Clare Balding Show, which aired on BT Sport 1 at 8pm on Friday 13th June.

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