Tennis coaching partnerships across the years have stood the test of time – and have heralded in a number of champions past and present – but there are occasions where coaches and players will part company, normally amicably. Following an amazing two years atop the ‘big three’ in men’s world tennis, it has been announced that Scotland’s Andy Murray and his coach Amelie Mauresmo have mutually parted company. Following his barnstorming Wimbledon triumph in 2013, Murray has been focusing on replicating his success ever since – and, while doing so, he has remained third in world rankings at the time of writing. It is clear, therefore, that the Murray/Mauresmo combination has helped the player harness much of his raw talent in the face of the continuing majesty of world class players such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Murray described Mauresmo as a ‘calming influence’ and as an ‘invaluable member of the team’ and that he will need to consider the next steps to take from here. According to Sporting Life, this is an official statement from Murray in light of the amicable split, indicating that the player may wish to move in a brand new direction in the next few years.
Despite this change, the partnership has resulted in Murray reaching two grand slam finals and achieving his career best reaching world number two – however, as Sporting Life states, world number one Djokovic continues to dominate the game relatively safely – which may suggest that Murray may wish to look for new strategies and training to better combat his Serbian rival. However, any such discussions are trivial, as there has been no further official line other than that the partnership had ended amicably.
Mauresmo was a star player in her own right and was previously world number one in the women’s circuit, and recently became a mother in 2015 – with fellow tennis pro Jonas Bjorkman taking over coaching duties during her maternity leave. She has described her time as Murray’s closest coaching confidante as a ‘fantastic experience’, making it clear that the separation was genuinely amicable.
With Wimbledon looming in June, it has not yet been stated whether or not Murray will locate a new coach or training strategy ahead of the tournament – but it is likely that any news with regard to his plans ahead of the British cup will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.