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Ten things you might not know about Amelie Mauresmo

Marion Bartoli clambers into the crowd to celebrate with her player box
by Mark Hodgkinson
Tuesday 10 June 2014

Wimbledon.com presents a list of things you might want to know about Andy Murray's new coach, Amelie Mauresmo...

1. The Frenchwoman has a fondess for wine. A collector of fine wines, Mauresmo kept back one bottle, a 1937 vintage, for the time she won a first Grand Slam title. The wine was uncorked after Mauresmo's victory at the 2006 Australian Open (though Murray is essentially tee-total, one of the few occasions he did drink alcohol was on the plane back to London, returning from his triumph at the 2012 US Open - the champagne went to his head and he confessed he brushed his teeth with his girlfriend's face cream). 

2. Mauresmo's success at The Championships 2006 was, in part, thanks to Our Man in Paris. To prepare for the tournament, Mauresmo practised at one of the few grass courts in northern France, which just happened to be in the gardens of the British Embassy. "I was delighted to help Amelie," the ambassador, Sir John Holmes, told me at the time. "Amelie did ask whether I would like to play a few points with her on the court, but unfortunately I was too busy to do so." 

3. She has a picture of an angel tattooed on to her shoulder. 

4. This summer at the All England Club, Mauresmo could achieve an extraordinary female-male coaching double. A year after being part of Marion Bartoli's team (pictured celebrating above), could she help Murray to retain his men's singles title? 

5. Mauresmo and Murray can bond over a love of dogs. While Murray has a couple of Border Terriers, Mauresmo has in the past been seen walking a Golden Retriever (a little friendlier than the German Shepherds favoured by Murray’s last coach).

6. Whatever Murray does, he is never going to be as eccentric as the last male tennis player to work with Mauresmo, a Frenchman called Michael Llodra who once hid naked in another player's locker. 

7. Mauresmo's hobbies have included riding a Harley Davidson bike (Murray once owned a red Ferrari, but sold it as it made him feel like "a prat"). 

8. Murray's mother and first female coach, Judy, believes that her son appointing Mauresmo will encourage younger female coaches "that there's no barrier" to their career advancement. However, that wasn't the reason that Andy Murray hired Mauresmo, with Judy revealing that "this had nothing to do with gender".  

9. Before Mauresmo, the last Frenchwoman to have won Wimbledon was Suzanne Lenglen in 1925. While Lenglen was supremely and unashamedly self-confident, Mauresmo suffered from self-doubt during her playing career. 

10. Mauresmo won't have access to the men's locker-room at the All England Club (or any other men's dressing rooms on the tennis map). Still, the same restrictions are in place for male coaches working with female players, and that doesn't seem to be hugely problematic. 


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