June 8, 2014 / 1:02 PM / 5 years ago

Murray appoints Mauresmo as new coach

(Reuters) - Andy Murray has appointed former women’s number one Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach, the Wimbledon champion said on Sunday.

Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his men's semi-final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Mauresmo will initially take up the role for the grasscourt season and will join Murray at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club next week where the British number one will be hoping to defend his title.

“I’m excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired,” Murray, who was knocked out of the French Open by Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals, said on his website (www.andymurray.com).

“She’s faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon.

“I have a very strong coaching team already in place, but I think Amelie brings with her experience and tactical expertise and will push us all to improve.

“Everyone I know talks very highly of Amelie, as a person and coach, and I’m convinced that her joining the team will help us push on – I want to win more grand slams.”

World number eight Murray ended his successful partnership with Ivan Lendl in March, having won two grand slam titles and a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics under the tutelage of the eight-times major winner.

The 34-year-old Mauresmo, who is currently France’s Fed Cup captain, has enjoyed a successful coaching career since retiring as a player in 2009 and guided Marion Bartoli to her first major title at Wimbledon last year.

“I’m really excited to be able to work with Andy,” Mauresmo said. “He’s an amazingly talented tennis player and I feel I have plenty to offer both him and the team around him.

“I’m looking forward to getting down to work and helping him win more Grand Slams.”

Reporting By Michael Hann; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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