Amelie Mauresmo is no stranger to being in the spotlight. She’s a former world No.1, two-time Grand Slam winner, Olympic silver medallist and a Fed Cup champion.
The Frenchwoman probably never thought, though, that her post-retirement career would garner even more attention.
When Andy Murray announced mid-2014 that he hired Mauresmo to be his coach, his decision caused a stir across the tennis world. Many applauded him for his pioneering move while others questioned Mauresmo’s capabilities as a coach on the men’s tour.
She was the first to get blamed whenever Murray had a poor result, and was under so much scrutiny every step of the way. Still, that partnership opened up minds to the idea of top players hiring female coaches, and Murray’s commitment to advocating for equality never wavered during their stint together, and beyond.
This fortnight in Melbourne, the 39-year-old Mauresmo once again has many eyes on her, this time as the coach of surprise semifinalist Lucas Pouille, who teamed up with her at the end of last year to help him rebound from a difficult 2018 season.