Mauresmo: Murray more than just a tennis player
Andy Murray will leave tennis as more than just a sporting figure, the Briton’s former coach Amelie Mauresmo said yesterday. The three-time grand slam champion raised eyebrows in the sport when he hired Frenchwoman Mauresmo as his coach from 2014-16. “He is a champion reaching beyond his sport, especially by taking steps forward on the gender equality topic,” former world No 1 Mauresmo told French sports daily L’Equipe.
“[Taking me as a coach] was not a PR thing. It was a profound conviction he had from his education, his open-mindedness.
He is not afraid of his own sensitiveness, on the contrary. To me, he has been undervalued as a man, not as a tennis player.” Murray broke down on Friday when he told a news conference that the severe pain from his troublesome right hip had made playing almost unbearable. The Scot hopes to end his career at this year’s Wimbledon – but admitted the upcoming Australian Open tournament in Melbourne could be his last.