Andy Murray And Coach Amelie Mauresmo Have Split Up
by Tom Gainey | May 9th, 2016, 9:27 am
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A day after losing to Novak Djokovic in his Madrid title defense, Andy Murray has announced that he and coach Amelie Mauresmo have ended their coaching relationship.

“I’ve learned a lot from Amelie over the last two years, both on and off the court,” Murray said in the statement. “She’s been a calming influence in the team and we will all miss having her around. I’ll take some time to consider the next steps and how we progress from here but I’d like to thank her for everything she has done, she’s been an invaluable member of the team.”

Said Mauresmo, “Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the great team of people he has around him. Dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge. I wish him and team well and I hope he goes on to win many more title.”

Murray and Mauresmo, a 2-time Grand Slam champion, united almost two years ago. Under Mauresmo, Murray didn’t add to his Grand Slam count, but made big improvements on the clay.

Mauresmo, though, gave birth to her first son, Aaron, last August which kept her off the road for some time leading up to the pregnancy. And this year with parenthood duties she’s only traveled with Murray to the Australian Open and Miami.

Murray, who is in Rome this week, turns 29 on Sunday.


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48 Comments for Andy Murray And Coach Amelie Mauresmo Have Split Up

BBB Says:

It did seem strange that she left Madrid before the final.

I hope he finds someone who will refuse to tolerate his self-immolation. Worked well for him when Lendl was on board.


RZ Says:

☹☹☹
You know what this means? It means he’ll go on to win the French Open or Wimbledon and everyone will give the new coach rather than Amelie credit.


Margot Says:

Bum and blast. What awful timing :(
@RZ
I’ll take that.


Dave Says:

I think this is great for Andy. Amelie was never the best fit for Andy in my opinion. I can see Andy doing some great things in the next 4 years. He has time to really make something big happen to end his career.


calmdownplease Says:

Pop the champers Muzzans!

She is gone!!!!!!!!!!!!

Political Correctness has hit the harsh reality of results!

Honestly, I feel a little bit for Amelie, she took on this challenge at the worst possible time (after surgery) and had to endure what Lendl wisely avoided.
Still, it’s good news.
Finding out that Amelie wasn’t even in the players box in some events said it all to me (and I knew it was basically over right THEN).
Surely she helped him technically a bit, but really, it’s the mental that these top players need assistance with.
Andy REALLY needs that extra special 3-5% of mental edge that Lendl gave him in focus and confidence.
Amelie, it appears, could be an actual distraction!
So I hope he goes for a coach much more like Lendl as his next choice.
Don’t think it matters for the FO or Wimbledon much.
The Mauresmo loss will probably not be felt and coaches take a while to settle.


calmdownplease Says:

@Margot

bum blast?!
Well Margot, I think the moderators should step in for that one
That kind of language shouldn’t be permitted. ;0)


RZ Says:

@Margot – I’ll take that too! And I’m pretty sure that Andy would give her credit if it came so soon, even if no one else would.

I think what Andy needs from a coach is someone who can help him get over the last set slump when he plays Novak. He usually can push Novak to a deciding set, but that’s when it unravels.


Margot Says:

Lol CDP, knew you’d be a happy chappy! On reflection I agree about the effect on Andy short term, it’s clear Amelie hasn’t been around much lately.
My dream team, as they are my favourite players, would be Mac and Fabrice……extremely unlikely I know. And Mac probably has a very short fuse anyway. Would end up swearing right back at Andy from the players’ box.
But Agassi would be magic or Cahill perhaps, now he’s not on Adidas payroll.


calmdownplease Says:

‘He has time to really make something big happen to end his career.’

Agreed.
I think he has about 4 years, health permitting at the highest level
Surely the next next generation will be much more challenging towards the end but he still has massive potential unrealised in my view.
I’d like to see some horizontal achievement like a FO and Oz title which means he has a golden slam at the very least.
And who knows after the surgery maybe the best is still to come?
It’s up to Andy I think to make his move into more a consistent, champion like and less drama filled period to attain this.


calmdownplease Says:

‘But Agassi would be magic or Cahill perhaps, now he’s not on Adidas payroll’

I’m liking this last line in particular darling..
Can’t we have both too?


Margot Says:

@CDP
OK….apologies to those delicate souls that trill this blog. How about “bootlebumtrinket” then! Ref G. Durrell.
@RZ
He needs to finish matches before they get to that exhausting 5th. Remember Wimbledon? *Sighs nostalgically*
That’s the way to do it.


roy Says:

I think Martina N. would be a logical next step, or some other feminist icon from the 70s, just to further confirm what a psychological beta he is.


andrew Says:

Andy murray is a creep not one article talked about his bad behaviour towards Amelie. He is a cry baby and a mama boy.


calmdownplease Says:

Why is he ‘exhausted’ anyway?

It must be the combination of playing a top 3 with length he’s supremely fit after all
I hope Novak’s fans dont take this the wrong way, and I am not hoping for it but I do expect it.
Novak will have a dip whether through an Injury or something else, that’s life.
He has certainly benefited from the others having this but he is not above the same thing happening to him.
Even the injury free Federer finally got caught out.


calmdownplease Says:

Thank you for your input Andrew & Roy

Now F**K Off

:)


calmdownplease Says:

@Margot

hehe I was joking you know…


Margot Says:

@CDP
Yep, I did.
Lol “cry baby and mama’s boy” another refugee from the Neolithic age speaks. And he bought his twin brother too.
How awfully kind.


calmdownplease Says:

Well Margot
I’ll grant you they are redneck assh*les, if YOU grant that not everyone that hates radical feminists, foaming at the mouth SJWs, and authoritarian, regressive left wing politics is a “dinosaur”.
Hard Left Far right Ultra right Looney left
It’s all the same BS, often…
Look it up!
The world has changed since 1974
Otherwise I’m inviting them to go moose hunting this Winter in Alaska…
;0)


Margot Says:

“Look it up!”
You cheeky moo!
Agree tho., the extremes of right and left usually meet somewhere in the circle.


calmdownplease Says:

Well, Corbyn seems rather stuck in the 70′s….
You’d probably like my family Margot
“Champagne Socialist” was a term simply made for most of them..
(With “Blacksheep” for me hehe)
The whole thing is ridiculous in my view
Anyway, It’s called the “Horseshoe Theory”

LEFTY!

;0)


J-Kath Says:

Well now guys…..Andy is thinking about Stefan Edberg….he wants that yearly award


Margot Says:

Lol Kath., I like it, but what about Becker then?
Andy has sold his Miami pad too. Lots of changes.


calmdownplease Says:

Source J-K?
(And yes he would be perfect esp as Muzz is not cutting it from the BL nowadays)


calmdownplease Says:

Really?
Good move from Andy.
Miami is well worth a visit in the Winter but your brain rots after a while, the weather is excruciating as well.
But then so is Surrey hehehe


J-Kath Says:

calmdownplease

Sorri….only source Me. I had hoped I left a clue with “he wants that yearly award”. I was also tempted to say Becker but didn’t the computer to explode.


J-Kath Says:

Yes, Margo. I saw the Miami home was up for sale but didn’t realise it had sold. Wondering what the significance of that is, if any…


Margot Says:

He didn’t use it last year so I suppose he thought it has come to the end of its usage?


calmdownplease Says:

F**k Boris Becker!

Or better yet, don’t
there’s enough of the little Beckers running around as it is…


Margot Says:

calmdownman. Joke. As was Edberg, I assume.


calmdownplease Says:

what?
You calm down Im also joking
Edberg shouldn’t be a joke anyway.
It’s a good idea!
And didnt Andy kind of try Sabr
maybe it’s a sign


J-Kath Says:

Right Margot
Thanks for translating from Scots to sober English.


J-Kath Says:

We’ll all be patting ourselves on the back at our wizardy if it happens…


Okiegal Says:

Couldn’t motherhood have something to do with this? Being a Mom requires so much time……raising a child is first priority, I believe……


chrisford1 Says:

Maybe a coach that scares Andy a little, like Lendl did. Who would have him looking over his shoulder if he acts up too much on court, knowing a post-match hammering is coming.
Wouldn’t even necessarily have to have a tennis background. That’s what assistants and a good hitting partner are for. Technical feedback.
A mildly deranged Alpha male in the box like Vinny Jones or Mike Tyson.

Meanwhile, Kyrgios and other “real deal” new guns are showing up.
And Novak Djokovic is off hugging a tree to “share it’s energy and recharge from being in the nature” while knowing he can still work hard with Boris to improve yet further.
And brush up more on his German, hit up more endorsement deals, make better speeches at the UN, make more little Djokers.
It’s not just Djokovic. Other rivals are working to get better. Murray is on the right path, but the competition is intense and he needs good help.


Margot Says:

“A mildly deranged Alpha male!” You made me laugh, but please no.
Someone calm and wise.


Ron Smith Says:

Hire Marcelo Rios haha


Humble Rafa Says:

You need a better headline writer. Let me help you.

Team Choke breaks up.


Humble Rafa Says:

Mr. Lady Forehand needs a strong disciplinarian like Uncle Toni. I am sure if he looks at his skirt wearing members of the family, he will find his uncle.


Sivaji Says:

Amelie is never a good choice for Murray whether they win or lose. Finally good decision has been made


Michael Says:

The split up any way will not make much of a difference and I think personal issues might be the reason for the separation especially Mauresmo who became a Mother recently.


J-Kath Says:

It’s the old business of inability to give Andy as much time as he wants….part of the same story as with Lendl.


MMT Says:

Lendl was the perfect fit for Murray because he is entirely technical – not sure what Mauresmo could do help with that and was never convinced she was a good choice.

Murray needs to figure out how to consistently and reliably disrupt his opponents, particularly the really good ones. Lendl was a master of that: after losing to Connors the first 8 times the played, he wound up winning 22 out of the next 27 matches including the last 17 in a row. How did he do it?

He fed him a steady diet of bunted slice backhands to his forehand, incessant lobs on all of his net approaches, and absolutely obliterated his second serve. Simple, but effective, and most importantly, he never changed his tactics and neither did Connors.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

MMT, you ignore the mental aspects of the game at your peril.


MMT Says:

I’ll take that risk – I prefer the real to the ethereal, but to each his own.


RZ Says:

This article provides some persepctive on the “Murresmo” relationship. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/tennis/murray-hopes-mauresmo-split-not-seen-as-failure-for-women/2016/05/10/f8aef5c2-1697-11e6-971a-dadf9ab18869_story.html

I think the comparison to Edberg working with Federer for around the same amount of time (2 years) is a good one. Both men had good outcomes (improvement on their previous recent play and results) but ultimately neither guy was able to win a grand slam during those partnerships.


BBB Says:

Thanks for the article. I’m glad Murray pointed out the Edberg situation with Federer. Murray is a thoughtful guy. Good for the sport.


BBB Says:

MMT – I think we’ve discussed this before, but I can’t remember. I know you’re not a fan of Mouratoglou because of his boundary-crossing behavior with Serena, but aside from that, do you think he’s been a good coach for her? If yes, is it because of technical advice? Because to the extent people are giving him credit for Serena’s play in 2014-15, it seems to be the mental side of the game, rather than technical. i for one think she is less technically sound than when she was coached by her parents.


chrisford1 Says:

Lendl was more than a technical adept, MMT. He also won on mental strength, intimidation – and taking physical fitness and stamina to new levels.
Never gets the credit he deserves as a great, mainly because he was an out-of-Commieland money hungry, driven jerk, most his career.
And perhaps because Johnnie Mac owns the microphone and ignores Ivan in his ubiquitous “The Greats and the GOAT” discussions. No doubt because Lendl did to McEnroe what he did to Connors – lose a lot at 1st, then solve his foe, then own his foe. Huge willpower.
With Andy, Lendl did very well in shoring up Andy’s psyche. Which was a lot more important than any technical insight imparted. Told him he did not want to see Murray playing the self-pitying brat. Prepped him for Rafa and Novak by saying he must accept there will be pain and punishment from playing either. Accept it and give it back..

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