Andy Murray ELLE September 2017 - Andy Murray Feature Story
In June 2014, Murray hired former world number one player Amélie Mauresmo as his head coach, making her the first female coach of a top player on the men's side, and one of the few female coaches at the tour level for players of either sex, full stop. The move was also noteworthy because Murray had just a few years earlier ushered in the practice of hiring former elite tour players as coaches, tapping Ivan Lendl in 2012. This has now become standard, but even six years ago, it wasn't really done. So when word broke that Murray and Lendl were parting ways, it inspired a frenzy of anticipation about which boldface name the top Brit would anoint next. Needless to say, no one expected him to pick a girl. "When it first came out in the press that I may be working with a woman, I got a message from one of the players who is now coaching. He said to me: I love this game that you're playing with the press; maybe you should tell them tomorrow that you're considering working with a dog," Murray says. "That's the sort of stuff that was said when I was thinking about it." There were a few exceptions among top male players, notably Roger Federer, who commended Mauresmo in the media. After Murray proceeded to hire her, the sexism intensified. "The amount of criticism she got in comparison to any other coach I've ever worked with—it's not comparable at all," Murray says. "Now, when I lose a match, I get the blame. When I was working with her, it was always her fault."
Any idea, MTF? Who was still a player in 2014 but now a coach?
By the way, great article. I recommend it.