There's been controversy over the fact that Andy Murray's new tennis coach Amelie Mauresmo is a woman
There’s been a lot of people who have questioned the decision, with former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade saying: ‘I thought they were all fooling around.’ Some trolls have gone further.
It’s all a bit sexist, don’t you think?
Well, don’t worry, Amelie I think you’re the perfect coach for Andy and here’s why:
1. She’s a proven champion. Amelie, 34, a former women’s tennis world No 1, herself triumphed at Wimbledon in 2006 and won 25 WTA singles titles during her playing career. So she’s clearly got the experience to give Andy that edge.
‘She’s faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon,’ he says.
‘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.’
2. Why shouldn’t a woman be allowed to coach a male tennis star? Look around you anything blokes can do, girls can do, too!
Besides, coaching is more about strategy and the mental side of things. Trolls might say that Amelie never experienced the physicality of the men’s tennis game, but she’s still got a sharp tennis brain and that’s the most important part of being a coach.
3. Andy, 27, has always worked well with women. Indeed, he was coached by his mum Judy earlier in his career, so he’s bound to strike up a great partnership with Amelie.
Andy says: ‘I’ve always had a strong female influence in my career. With my mum especially she listened extremely well and that’s something I needed right now.’
4. Amelie isn’t the first female coach to work with a male tennis player. Andrei Chesnokov was coached by Tatiana Naumko in the 90s, so history has shown that these sorts of partnerships can work.
Plus, Amelie herself coached another male star, Michael Llodra, in 2010.
I reckon Andy will win Wimbledon again this year. And when he does, he’ll shut up all the sexist trolls.
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