Andy Murray goes into the French Open on the back of impressive title winning runs in Munich and Madrid. And even though he pulled of the Rome Masters due to fatigue, the Scott will be feeling a lot more confident heading to Roland Garros. However, this might be the last grand slam for quite some time where Murray will be accompanied by his coach, Amelie Mauresmo who will be taking a personal leave before Wimbledon to give birth to her first child.
And even though, it is still not yet whether Mauresmo will be returning or not, it makes no difference as Murray reveals that her presence has had an positive impact on his life that he might even consider himself to be a feminist.
“I'm pro everyone being equal and if that's being a feminist then you could say so, yes,' Murray said. 'It really opened my eyes when I started working with Amelie. Inequality is something I started to see and become passionate about.
It's opened my mind.” “I've actually become very passionate about getting more women in sport, giving women more opportunities. When I was younger, I wasn't thinking about stuff like that.
But now I've seen it with my own eyes, it's quite amazing how few female coaches there are across any sport.”
Further on, Murray also contemplated on the reaction he got from the tennis world when he employed Mauresmo as his coach.
Murray believes that Mauresmo received blame for the losses last year, and even though he was already on a losing run before the appointment, it was her who received all the blame. “I knew it would be a big story at the beginning.
But I thought it would die down quicker than it has. Before I started working with Amelie, I was losing — I started last year much worse than I finished it, so I was very surprised at the amount of criticism she received for each loss I had.” “I know a lot of the players were surprised, because I hear what goes on in the locker room.
It was an eye-opening experience. Some comments did make it into the press before it was officially announced, that some people thought it was a joke I was playing along with. To me, it's amazing to hear that. I couldn't believe the negativity towards her.
That has never happened with any other coach I've worked with before.”
Murray also feels that Mauresmo’s appointment was expected to be taken in the same manner as Ivan Lendl’s.
But Mauresmo’s presence has changed everything and he has come out a much better player than last year. “Everyone was saying, 'Oh Amelie's confused him, he doesn't know what he's doing.' Two months later, I was a completely different player.
I've shown it can work.”.