Murray set for Mauresmo trial

Congleton Guardian: Andy Murray will have a new coach for his Wimbledon title defence Andy Murray will have a new coach for his Wimbledon title defence

Amelie Mauresmo will be on trial at Wimbledon to secure a long-term job coaching Andy Murray.

Murray broke new ground by handing Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Mauresmo the reins on Sunday, the first male grand slam winner to employ a female coach.

The reigning Wimbledon champion will start the defence of his Queen's Club Aegon Championships crown by facing Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round on Wednesday.

Murray believes Mauresmo's experiences of winning Wimbledon and handling home-crowd pressure at the French Open will stand him in good stead for his SW19 title defence.

Asked if Mauresmo was on board for the long-haul, Murray told the BBC: "No, it's just for the grass court season, just now.

"I think with any sort of coaching appointment there's always a period where you need to try.

"With Ivan (Lendl), for example, it just happened it was in the off-season so I had time to talk to him.

"I had time to go on court and spend a bit of time on court with him and see, but I felt like I needed some extra advice over this period.

"It seemed a good time to try it, and I think I'll get an even better idea than just trying in the off-season, because obviously it's quite a high-pressure situation in the next few weeks.

"I can get a good idea if it will work long-term or not.

"She obviously knows what it's like to play a home slam.

"She played the French Open a lot of times.

"I think she was quite open and struggled a bit with the pressure.

"That can also help; someone that's been through those experiences themselves maybe would have handled things differently.

"It's good to have someone to talk to about those things and those feelings, and she's won Wimbledon before herself and it will be interesting."

Murray said the guiding influence of mother Judy on his career means Mauresmo's appointment is hardly a departure for the 27-year-old.

Suggesting that he no longer needed relentless training every day, Murray said: "I have always had a strong female influence on my career.

"I found my mum especially, she listened extremely well.

"That was something I felt right now I needed.

"I have started to listen to my body a lot more, because over the years you start to pick up some things.

"I think it's important that the people 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."

Revealing several fellow professionals asked him if Mauresmo's appointment was a joke, Murray said he did not quite understand the fuss.

"It didn't feel like a strange thing to do, because I grew up with a female coach," said Murray.

"A couple of people have come up to me and asked, because they didn't know if it was true, didn't know if it was a joke or if it was serious, and I told them it was.

"From other players' point of view, I don't care if they think it's a good or bad appointment.

"It's whether it works well for me and my team, and hopefully it will be a good move for my career."

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