Andy Murray, the world’s number 3 tennis player, has broken up with Amelie Mauresmo, his playing coach that is.
Mauresmo has been Murray’s coach for two years now, stepping in to help the British number 1 conquer the world’s top spot in tennis and improving his play on the clay court, even managing to help him secure his first two titles on the clay court.
In a statement released through Amelie’s verified Facebook page, she states, “Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the great team of people he has around him.”
She then indicates that “dedicating enough time along with the travel” were her major concerns while working with Andy. The 35-year-old coach who was the first woman to ever coach a top male player, Guardian writes, announced her pregnancy in 2015 and took some considerable time off the court.
Called by Murray as a calming influence, he chose the former world number one and Wimbledon champion in 2006, saying he values the fact that Mauresmo also underwent the same nerve situation he did.
While pregnant, Mauresmo coached Murray for Wimbledon before the baby’s arrival. However, the coach has been notably absent from most of Murray’s practices. Under Mauresmo, he went on to win his first titles on clay in Munich and the Masters 1000 in Madrid, according to CNN along with conquering the Queens Club and another Masters 1000 in Canada.
Following the split, Murray will most likely devote more time to coaching her French team for the Fed Cup 2016 of which she is also the head coach.
Meanwhile, 28-year old Murray will definitely be keen to find Mauresmo’s replacement as soon as possible as he is bound to play again in the premier clay court tennis championship event, French Open and defend his title at the Queens in June.