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Wade voices doubts over Mauresmo as Murray coach

Wade said she thought Murrays decision to hire Mauresmo was a joke. Picture: Getty

Wade said she thought Murrays decision to hire Mauresmo was a joke. Picture: Getty

  • by EVE FODENS
 

Virginia Wade is sure Andy Murray can bounce back after his quarter-final Wimbledon exit but has questioned whether Amélie Mauresmo should stay on as his coach.

This tournament was his first Grand Slam working with France’s 2006 Wimbledon winner Mauresmo, whom he appointed as successor to Ivan Lendl only the previous month.

Wade said pre-Wimbledon that she thought Murray’s decision to hire Mauresmo was a joke and was struggling to understand the logic behind it.

Speaking yesterday to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme, former Wimbledon champion Wade said: “I think it was very optimistic to think she [Mauresmo] could have an impact in a couple of weeks before a major tournament.

“I feel that he learned so much from Lendl that it is not that essential that he actually has somebody telling him what to do.

“He needs to implement all that himself. He has a great team around him, so possibly he was better just doing the thinking himself.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure about that, because I know that he has people in his team that are very good tennis people.

“But unless he can find the right person to be his coach, I think he is better off to fight a bit on his own and assimilate all of the stuff he has heard from Lendl and from his own experience, and work on that.”

She added: “I think if the Amélie relationship is going well, absolutely keep her on, but I’m still saying that he is master of his own fate in so many ways.”

Murray is facing a significant drop down the rankings but Wade is confident the 27-year-old Scot will soon be rising again. “He is just too good a player to stick around at No 10,” Wade said.

“I honestly thought he was likely to win the tournament again when I was watching him play. Some of his tennis was brilliant. I think his game is all there and it is just a matter of him getting himself back.”

 

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