Andy Murray's search for a new coach could lead him to appointing female coach and former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo.
The British no.1 secured his place in round-two of the French Open yesterday with a 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev.
Among the spectators was Mauresmo, which fueled rumours that Murray was to turn to his first female coach.
The world no.8 is yet to appoint a successor to Ivan Lendl, who helped the Scottish star win his only Grand Slams to-date at Wimbledon last year and the US Open in 2012. The pair split in March.
However Murray revealed before the action started in Paris that he had already chosen a replacement for the Czechoslovakian, and that he would announce it after the tournament ends.
If Mauresmo is the name he would like to go with, it would not be the Frenchwoman's first experience of coaching a male.
The 34-year-old, who retired in 2009, worked for a brief time with compatriot Michael Llordra four years ago.
However her most notable work on the coaching side is in her role as France's Fed Cup captain. The former world no.1 also worked with Victoria Azarenka when the Belarus star was the highest-ranked female herself, and helped Marion Bartoli win her first and last Grand Slam at Wimbledon last year.
Mauresmo is just one of a number of names that have been linked with Murray's vacant position. Most commonly mentioned with the role is tennis legend John McEnroe, although the shortlist is thought to contain as many as eight names.
One person that doubts the chances of Mauresmo joining forces with the former world no.2 is Mary Pierce.
Pierce, a retired two-time major winner and compatriot of Mauresmo, cannot see it happening: "I know there has been a top men's player who's had a women's coach before, but I'd be quite surprised if it was Amelie," she told BT Sport.
"But hey, anything is possible. I did notice that she was watching his match yesterday and I thought to myself, 'Why is Amelie watching this match?' We'll know soon won't we."
For now, Murray is left to focus on his attempts to land a first French Open triumph. It has been a difficult year for the 27-year-old so far.
Back surgery in 2013 started a poor spell of form for the Brit. He is without a singles title in 2014 and hasn't even reached a final.
Marinko Matosevic is next up for Murray on the clay at the French Open as the seventh seed looks to improve on his previous semi-final best on what is traditionally his worst surface.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the favourites to meet in the final. Nadal has only ever lost once in his favourite tournament in nine years, while Djokovic is in superb form having won the Rome Masters with a win in the final over the Spaniard.
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