Female Tennis Champions as Coaches

Andy Murray, with coach Amelie Mauresmo
Andy Murray, with coach Amelie Mauresmo

It’s a pity that in the 21st century it’s newsworthy that female champion tennis players are now coaching young promising players.  But since Andy Murray replaced Ivan Lendl with Amelie Mauresmo last March, his playing has consistently been placed under the microscope as if to say his winning or losing has more to do with his coaching than his playing skills.

But it seems that Murray made it “ok” to not only hire a pro as a coach, but a woman as well. Now other past female champions are being snatched up by WTA Tour players looking to break through. This fall, sixth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska hired Martina Navratilova who has 18 Grand Slam titles, and Madison Keys chose Lindsay Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam champion. They follow former pros Zina Garrison, two-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Olympian (Taylor Townsend), and Hana Mandlikova, four-time Grand Slam champion (Jana Novotna).  Can Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Tracy Austin be far behind?  Our youngsters could certainly learn from their brilliance!

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