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Murray Is Facing Up To Logistical Problems With New Coach
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Andy Murray is already facing up to the logistic problems involved in having Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach who was set to arrive at London’s Aegon Championships today and professionally link up with the Wimbledon champion for the first time.  And he feels the fact he will not be able to seek counsel in the sanctuary of the men’s locker is something that can be easily overcome.

“I don’t see any problems in that respect,” insisted Murray. “Obviously you can't sit down and chat in the locker room , but there's enough places where you can talk.  The players’ lounge here at Queen’s Club is pretty large.

“Normally I speak about tactics with my coach before matches.  Sometimes I do it the night before, and then sometimes I do it 20 or 30 minutes before I go on court when I'm normally in the gym, anyway.”

Murray reiterated he is perfectly happy having a female as his coach after such international luminaries as Ivan Lendl, Brad Gilbert and Alex Corretja have filled the post along with fellow Brits Miles Maclagan, Mark Petchey and the nation’s current Davis Cup captain Leon Smith.  “For me, it doesn't feel so different because obviously when I was growing up I had my Mum (current British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray) working with me until I was 17 years old.

“So I have always had a strong female influence in my career.  I found that with my Mum especially, that she listened extremely well. That was something that I felt that I needed right now.  

“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.”

Loïc Courteau the man who coached Mauresmo to titles at the 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon and guided her to the world no.1 ranking, agrees with Murray in this assessment. “Maybe when he walks with a woman he can say different things, with his emotions,” he said.

“Every time, she thinks how she can improve, not only in the tennis but as a person. When she was playing, she was thinking all the time, ‘How can I make this? How can I do this?’ Even when she was No 1 in the world she was thinking about this. And she talks about everything, not just about tennis.

“That’s good when you are on the tour, that you don’t only think and talk about tennis all the time. When she decides something she goes to the end, she builds towards it and does it.”

Courteau is at Queen’s coaching Julien Benneteau and he continued: “Amélie, she feels the tennis.

“It is like Yannick [Noah] for me. When she is commentating she talks all the time about the good things, the great things. Sometimes the guys don’t say the right things, but all the time she says the good things.

“I don’t know exactly why Andy asked. He is a fantastic player from the baseline but maybe he wants to play more aggressively [in] this sector of the game and Amélie is sympathetic to this because of the way she did it all her career.

“She will help him a lot with this, even technically the volley, the way to go to the net and finish the point, and she will be very open, she will listen and the emotional part she does very well.”

Murray’s first opponent in the defense of his Queen’s title is Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu and the Frenchman said: “I'm not the only one who is surprised but it's going to be an interesting relationship. I know her pretty well and I think they thought about it and they talked pretty much together, so I think it can work.

“Maybe we're going to see more and more of this kind of thing but I like the fact that Amélie is going to train Andy.  It is going to bring something new in our sport.”



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