Andy Murray parts ways with Amelie Mauresmo ahead of Rome Masters
Andy Murray announces that he has parted ways with coach Amelie Mauresmo after a two-year partnership
After an impressive clay run that saw Andy Murray reach the semis of the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he lost in three sets to Rafael Nadal, and just last night make the final of the Madrid Masters, where he lost to world No1 Novak Djokovic, also in a three-set thriller, the British No1 has announced that he is to part ways with his coach of almost two years, Amelie Mauresmo.
In a brief announcement, his management company said: “Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo today announce that they have mutually agreed to end their two-year coaching relationship.”
Mauresmo joined the Murray team in June 2014 after the Briton ended his hugely successful partnership with Ivan Lendl in March. Mauresmo took maternity leave during the second half of last year after giving birth to her first child in August, and Murray brought in Jonas Bjorkman to take the reins. However, he reunited with Mauresmo this year, adding Jamie Delgado in place of Bjorkman as assistant coach ahead of the North American Masters swing.
Following back surgery in late 2013, Murray had slipped to No10 in the rankings after failing to defend his Wimbledon title in 2014. He said earlier this year: “She did come in at a difficult time, when I had just come back from back surgery, which was tough. When I started working with her officially, I had just dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in eight years—and I’m now back up to No2, which is my highest ranking.”
Mauresmo oversaw final runs in Australia last year and this, plus semi-final runs at the French Open and Wimbledon along with his first clay titles in Munich and Madrid last year.
He said of her contribution: “I’ve learned a lot from Amelie over the last two years, both on and off the court. She’s been a calming influence in the team and we will all miss having her around. I’ll take some time to consider the next steps and how we progress from here, but I’d like to thank her for everything she has done, she’s been an invaluable member of the team.”
Mauresmo added: “Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the great team of people he has around him. Dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for me. I wish him and his team well and I hope he goes on to win many more titles.”
Murray arrives in Rome this week as the No2 seed, though his overall ranking is No3 after failing to defend his title in Madrid.
He will hope to regain that No2 spot in time for the French Open, as the new No2, Roger Federer, has final points to defend in Rome and is playing only his second tournament since the Australian Open after undergoing knee surgery and then a back injury before Madrid.
Murray not only sits at the opposite end of the draw from top seed Djokovic but has seen Federer and Nadal drawn into the top half.