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Friday Tennis Blog: Rafa Upset; Florida Star Emerging; More

June 12, 2014 07:18 PM
Mauresmo, in addition to needing a great many beverages during press conferences, is also the current French Fed Cup captain MURRAY HIRES MAURESMO -- The "Andy Murray Glare" at his coaches box is legendary, and is usually accompanied by some choice bleeped-out words, scowls or other gestures. Following the likes of legendary coaches such as Brad Gilbert and Ivan Lendl, now Amelie Mauresmo has become the recipient of Murray's gaze during matches after the former WTA world No. 1 was announced in a surprise as the Scot's latest coach.

"Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired," Murray said. "She's faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon."

Mauresmo won two Slams, and perhaps more importantly coached fellow Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli to the Wimbledon championship. Could success see more women coaching men pros, just as Lendl's success coaching Murray spawned a succession of high-profile coaches? The partnership, which is reportedly only through the grasscourt season, after which the two will undertake long-term discussions, got off on a miss-step when Murray was upset Thursday prior to the quarterfinals in London.

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