A lasting legacy and a new trend may develop if the coaching relationship between Amelie Mauresmo and Andy Murray produces another Grand Slam or the ATP World Tour Finals currently taking place in London.
To illustrate how rare their type of coaching relationship is, Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan and Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan are the only other players being coached by women on the ATP tour.
Mikhail Kukushkin is coached by his wife Anastasia and Dennis Istomin is coached by his mother Klaudiya. Murray, the British number one, inadvertently started a trend when he employed Ivan Lendl, a former star and eight times Grand Slam Champion.
Under Ivan Lendl’s mentorship, Murray finally manifested his potential by winning the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and secured two Grand Slam titles. Murray’s success caused his rivals at the top of the rankings to follow suit by employing retired star players as coaches.
Novak Djokovic employed former world number one Boris Becker and Roger Federer employed the Swedish star Stefan Edberg.
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To everyone’s surprise Lendl and Murray parted ways in March. Murray took his time but eventually appointed Amelie Mauresmo in June. Murray is the only Grand Slam Champion on the ATP tour to be coached by a woman.
This unique coaching arrangement has produced three titles and secured Murrays place at the World Tour Finals. Mauresmo and Murray are great role models to millions of sports fans; they may inspire more women into coaching and change the perception of women as coaches in professional sport.