Murray says lack of time, ma­jor ti­tles led to Mau­resmo split

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ROME—Andy Murray con­firmed on Tues­day that a fail­ure to win a third Grand Slam ti­tle was among the fac­tors which fi­nally caused him and coach Amelie Mau­resmo to end their re­la­tion­ship on the eve of the French Open.

The Scot world num­ber three is now play­ing a fi­nal Roland Gar­ros tune-up at the Rome Masters this week with­out two-time Grand Slam win­ner Mau­resmo in his corner.

Murray, the first ma­jor men’s player to choose a fe­male as coach when he and French­woman Mau­resmo got to­gether in spring, 2014, said the pair made it work through the end of last sea­son.

The Scot, who turns 29 at the week­end, said he was at a low ebb in his game when Mau­resmo be­gan help­ing him in 2014. The re­la­tion­ship pro­duced seven ATP ti­tles and a pair of Aus­tralian Open fi­nals.

“When she first came into the team, I was re­ally strug­gling. I was not do­ing well, my con­fi­dence was low and I was go­ing the wrong di­rec­tion,” Murray said.

“For two years, I think the re­sults that we had were good. But un­less I win a Grand Slam, then ul­ti­mately that’s how peo­ple judge whether it worked or not.

“When she came on board, my re­sults re­ally picked up. The time we spent to­gether was pos­i­tive. It’s just a shame I wasn’t able to win one of the ma­jor events, be­cause that’s what both of us wanted.

“Ob­vi­ously in Aus­tralia (Jan­uary fi­nal) it started well, but be­tween the Aus­tralian Open and Rome, we only spent 10 days to­gether, in Mi­ami.

“It be­came dif­fi­cult with the amount of time re­quired to do the job and the amount of time we were able to work to­gether.”

“It (the post-Aus­tralian pe­riod) was just such a long pe­riod of the year, an im­por­tant pe­riod where I was strug­gling, as well, where we weren’t get­ting to work through that to­gether.

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