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  • 8 June 2014, 12:19

Murray Appoints Mauresmo As Coach

Andy Murray has appointed Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach, initially just for the grasscourt season.

Murray has been playing without a coach since his hugely successful partnership with Ivan Lendl was dissolved in March.

Frenchwoman Mauresmo won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles in her playing career.

And her first task will be to help Murray through the defence of his titles at Queen's and Wimbledon in the next few weeks.

Mauresmo had been heavily linked with the post after she watched his first-round victory over Andrey Golubev at the French Open.

Mauresmo, 34, became world No 1 in 2004, before winning her first Grand Slam. That came in Australia in 2006, and that summer she won Wimbledon, beating Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals and Justine Henin in the final.

She retired as a player in 2009 and became a coach, firstly guiding her compatriot Michael Llodra.

In 2012 she coached the-then world No 1 Victoria Azarenka, and last year - shortly before Wimbledon - she joined forces with Marion Bartoli.

Under Mauresmo's guidance, Bartoli won the tournament without dropping a single set. Before hiring Mauresmo, she had not reached a single semi-final of a WTA event that year.