ATP World Tour star Andy Murray has hired Amélie Mauresmo as his new coach, initially for the grass court season and in the hopes that the WTA legend will help him win more Grand Slams in the future.
It's a perfect match - Murray a two-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.2, Mauresmo a two-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1. Both of them have won Wimbledon, too.
"I'm excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amélie is someone I have always looked up to and admired," Murray said in a statement posted on his official website. "She's faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon.
"I have a very strong coaching team already in place, but I think Amélie brings with her experience and tactical expertise and will push us all to improve. Everyone I know talks very highly of Amélie, as a person and coach, and I'm convinced that her joining the team will help us push on.
"I want to win more Grand Slams."
"Andy contacted me a few weeks ago and we started to talk about this possibility to work together," Mauresmo said in a press conference. "It's not really something that I was thinking of doing when I stopped being a tennis player, but we talked again a little bit more about how to do things about his game, about different things, and we came up with the will from both sides to give it a shot."
Mauresmo was asked how she feels about being a rare female coach on the men's tour.
"I guess it is a big story to write and a step forward, but honestly, it's not my big concern right now. I'm happy about this new challenge. I want to help Andy. That's all I have in mind right now."
"Tennis is still the game and she has been a champion - I am sure he feels this is the right decision," Ivanovic, like Mauresmo a former World No.1, commented. "Every decision you make is going to be a risk. He probably feels he's at that point in his career where he feels happy to have someone who has had the experience of winning Grand Slams and I think that really makes the difference."