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Murray appoints France’s Amélie Mauresmo as new coach

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-08

British player Andy Murray has appointed Frenchwoman Amélie Mauresmo as his new coach, the Wimbledon champion announced on Sunday.

Murray’s management team issued a statement saying that he would work with Mauresmo at least through the grass-court season.

"I'm excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amélie is someone I have always looked up to and admired," Murray wrote on his official website.

"She's faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon."

Mauresmo retired as a player in 2009 after winning two grand slam singles titles, including Wimbledon in 2006. The 34-year-old French woman has since gone on to coach Michael Llodra and Victoria Azarenka, while also guiding Marion Bartoli to her first major title at Wimbledon last year.

She retains close links to the sport as coach of the France Fed Cup team and also coached Marion Bartoli when she ended her long wait to win a Grand Slam at Wimbledon last year.

Murray, who was thrashed by Rafael Nadal in this year’s French Open semi-finals, has no doubts about her credentials.

"I have a very strong coaching team already in place, but I think Amélie brings with her experience and tactical expertise and will push us all to improve," he said.

Murray had been searching for a coach since parting ways with Ivan Lendl in March and was linked with a host of big names including legendary American John McEnroe and leading coaches Larry Stefanki, Darren Cahill and Roger Rasheed.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-06-08

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