One of the more successful coaching partnerships in tennis has ended, with Andy Murray and coach Amelie Mauresmo both releasing statements discussing the end of their two year relationship.
The split is less than surprising given that Mauresmo was not in Madrid as Murray reached the finals. While it’s common for coaches to skip tournaments here and there (Murray had Jamie Delgado in his box last week), Mauresmo’s time was stretched further than ever, given that she recently had a child with her partner and is also the Fed Cup captain for France. “Dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for me,” Mauresmo said.
Their partnership was noteworthy as Murray, who turns 29 on Sunday, has long been an advocate for women’s rights and became a pioneer of sorts in hiring a female coach. Despite being mere months into their partnership, Murray even sided with Mauresmo following the 2014 season, parting ways with longtime hitting partner Dani Vallverdu and fitness trainer Jez Green after they bristled over the sudden addition of Mauresmo.
While Murray has not won a Grand Slam since men’s legend Ivan Lendl departed from his team, much of that coincides with the back surgery he underwent and the re-ascension of Novak Djokovic. Murray is now 1-12 against Djokovic since defeating him in the 2013 Wimbledon final.
Under Mauresmo, a former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion in her own right, Murray reached 13 finals (two at majors, both in Australia) won seven of his 35 career titles (with two at Masters 1000s), returned to World No. 2 and was the driving force in Great Britain’s 2015 Davis Cup title.
The full statements from both can be read here:
Statements from each of Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo on the conclusion of their groundbreaking partnership: pic.twitter.com/2mwjM3IDx0
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 9, 2016