Leading players back Mauresmo's return as Murray's coach

Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:41pm EDT
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By Sam Holden

LONDON - Serena Williams could not care less, Maria Sharapova thinks it's great and Novak Djokovic admitted his surprise as Wimbledon's title contenders were asked their views on Andy Murray choosing Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach.

Defending men's champion Murray went against convention when deciding to work with Frenchwoman Mauresmo, following his split with Ivan Lendl under whom he won two grand slam titles.

Former Wimbledon champion Mauresmo will return to the AllEngland Club on Monday as the only female coach working with one of the men's singles seeds - and a high profile one at that.

Initially Mauresmo, who also won the Australian Open and topped the world rankings, is working with Murray on a trial basis and the next couple of weeks may decide whether the partnership becomes long-term.

The unusual liaison was still a hot topic on Saturday as the players practised in glorious sunshine.

"I think it's great," fifth seed Maria Sharapova, who won the women's title 10 years ago, told reporters.

"I had my fair amount of trouble playing against her. I think she's a very knowledgeable player and knowledgeable person.

"Ever since she's retired, she's been around the game for so many years from a men's and women's perspective. It's great to see her be his coach."   Continued...

Britain's Andy Murray and his newly appointed coach Amelie Mauresmo react during a practice session at the Queen's Club Championships in west London June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett