Amelie Mauresmo opens up about why her time with Andy Murray came to an end
Amelie Mauresmo ended her coaching relationship with Andy Murray because she felt she could not improve the world number two any further, the former world number one said on Saturday.
The Frenchwoman and Murray announced the end of an almost two-year partnership this month, but Mauresmo said the decision had been made some time ago.
"Andy is complex. On court, he can be opposite of what he is in life. It can be confusing. I was here to help. I had the feeling I could not take things further anymore," Mauresmo told L'Equipe Magazine.
"I had the feeling that we were at the end of what we could do professionally. We came to the conclusion that it would be complicated to continue."
Great Britain's Andy Murray and coach Amelie Mauresmo (L) during a training sessionReuters
With Mauresmo, Briton Murray won seven ATP titles, claiming his first two trophies on clay in Madrid and Munich.
"It was a beautiful adventure. A woman coaching a man, it breaks a few barriers in the world of men's tennis," she said.
"I liked the way Andy works, I liked to work with his team. He's very curious, always in research. That's what makes great champions."
Murray himself, seeded second at the French Open, spoke to the BBC about his coaching situation - and it seems that he is no hurry to replace the Frenchwoman.
"I'm playing very well so there's no need to make a change a few days before the French... Right now is a difficult time to make a change and, to be honest, why would I?"
Murray added that he is happy having Jamie Delgado as part of his coaching team, saying that the fact the former British Davis Cup player had committed to travelling with Murray 35-40 weeks a year is key: "I have that continuity and consistency, which I didn't have last year with Amelie and Jonas [Bjorkman]."
READING BETWEEN THE (TRAM)LINES
Mauresmo's analysis of the sitatuation - and of Murray's mental complexity - makes for interesting reading, and the comment about him being on court the "opposite" to how he is in life is telling. Off court Murray is relaxed and funny - as any fan will tell you, not sides of his personality which shine through when he is playing.
That said, there are no major surprises here. It was clear in Melbourne four months ago that Mauresmo had done all she could - the sight of Murray coming up short against Djokovic in an Australian Open final yet again made that abundantly obvious.
And since the two have split, Murray seems to have stepped up his game: first he ran Djokovic close in the Madrid Masters final, then he took down the Serbian star in straight sets in the Rome Masters final a week later.