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Murray: It’s a Crying Shame There Aren’t More Female Coaches

Andy Murray continued in his unabashed support for coach Amelie Mauresmo this week, penning a column for L’equipe and stating once again how disappointed he has been by the reaction to his hiring of Mauresmo last season.

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“Right from the word go, I knew that working alongside Amélie would set tongues wagging,” he wrote. “The reason for this is that very few players before me have worked with a female coach. I realized it would create a feeling of suspicion, mistrust and perhaps even negativity. I didn’t realize, however, that Amélie would find herself up against such criticism and prejudice. The staggering thing was that she was slated every time I lost, which is something my former coaches never ever experienced. It wasn’t right.”

Murray, who will face Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros semifinals, has gone undefeated during the clay season to date, notching his 15th straight win on the surface on Wednesday over David Ferrer.

He made waves several weeks ago when he said “I’m pro everyone being equal and if that’s being a feminist than you could say so, yes,” in an interview with Red Bulletin. This week he asked himself the same question and answered even more firmly:

“Have I become a feminist? Well, if being a feminist is about fighting so that a woman is treated like a man then yes, I suppose I have,” he wrote. “My upbringing means that I’m quite attuned to the whole thing. I came to tennis thanks to my mother. I always had a very close relationship with my grandmothers. I’ve always been surrounded by women. I find it easier to talk to them. I find it easier to open up to them. It’s a crying shame there aren’t more female coaches. I hope this changes even if I this isn’t the reason I chose Amélie.”