Mau­resmo: Mur­ray more than just a ten­nis player

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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.

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