Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Mauresmo

Britain’s Andy Murray trains at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 12, 2019. — Reuters pic
Britain’s Andy Murray trains at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 12, 2019. — Reuters pic

PARIS, Jan 13 — Andy Murray will leave the sport as more than just a sporting figure, the Briton’s former coach Amelie Mauresmo said today.

Murray, 31, said on Friday that this year’s Australian Open could be his last professional tournament, although the former world number one hopes he can bow out at his beloved Wimbledon.

The three-time grand slam champion has emerged as a feminist figure in tennis, notably hiring Frenchwoman Mauresmo as his coach from 2014-16.

“He is a champion reaching beyond his sport, especially by taking steps forward on the gender equality topic,” former world number one Mauresmo told French sports daily L’Equipe.

“(Taking me as a coach) was not a PR thing. It was a profound conviction he had from his education, his open-mindedness.

“He is not afraid of his own sensitiveness, on the contrary. To me, he has been undervalued as a man, not as a tennis player.”

Murray broke down on Friday when he told a news conference that the severe pain from his troublesome right hip had become almost unbearable for him to play on. — Reuters

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