Andy Murray revealed on Monday that he has appointed Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo as his coach because he is used to being coached by a woman, and that he was looking for a good listener.
The Briton was coached by his mother Judy in his formative years, and has begun working with the former women’s world number one at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club in London this week.
It was when the 27-year-old spoke to Australian coach Darren Cahill, a member of his entourage, that he was first recommended speaking to the former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.
He told the BBC: “I mentioned to him that I was thinking about possibly a female coach.
“He thought that Amélie would be a good fit. After I spoke to her I just had a good feeling about her.”
The Dunblane-born player feels that a coach who is willing to listen to him is an important quality to possess, and it is something he valued when he was coached by his mother.
“I found that with my mum especially she listened extremely well,” he said.
“That was something that I felt I needed right now. I have started to listen to my body a lot more, because over the years you start to pick up some things.
“ I think it’s important that the people that you work with respect and understand and listen to how you're feeling as well because you can’t just be pushed extremely hard every single day.
“I need to pick my moments during the year where I really go for it in training. That was one of the reasons, but for me it didn’t feel like a strange thing to do just because I grew up with a female coach.”
Murray had been playing without a coach since parting company with Czech-born coach Ivan Lendl in March, who had helped guide him to Grand Slam titles at the US Open and Wimbledon in a partnership which lasted for two years.
Mauresmo has been appointed as his replacement on the back of being the captain for France’s Federations Cup team, and she has also worked with former world number 21 Michael Llodra.
The world number five will be working with Mauresmo at least for the duration of the grass court season, and his first match since appointing his new coach against Paul-Henri Mathieu went without a hitch as he cruised 6-4, 6-4.
He had previously been working with four other members of his team, coaching assistant Dani Vallverdu, physical trainers Matt Green and Jez Little and physio Mark Bender, but Mauresmo took charge of training on Tuesday.
The first aim for Murray’s new coach will be to help him defend his titles at Queen’s and Wimbledon, where he became the first male British player to win the singles title in 77 years last year.
Mauresmo has said that she will be working with the British number one for a “significant number of weeks”, and they will then decide whether to continue their partnership after the grass court season.
Murray is going into the grass court season on strong form, as he has recently seen his world ranking rise by three positions after reaching the semi-finals at the French Open, though he is still yet to reach the final of an ATP tournament in 2014.
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