Andy Murray, one of the world’s top tennis players, will return to Wimbledon in two weeks to defend his title – under the guidance of new coach Amelie Mauresmo.
The 34 year-old Frenchwoman turned professional in 1994 and came out as a teenager shortly after she got to the final of the Australian Open in 1999.
She ranked as the number one female tennis player in the world in both 2004 and 2006 after she won singles titles in Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
At the time she said that she “attributed her success on the court to coming to terms with her sexuality and finding love.” She added that she was subjected to homophobic taunts from competitors throughout her career, but went on to defeat all of them on the court.
Andy Murray, 27, is the first of the top male pros to select a woman as a coach.
“I’m passionate about this sport,” Mauresmo told The New York Times. “I love challenges. I don’t know; I guess I like to put myself on the line at some point and see what I can do.”
Talking about being the first female coach of a male pro, she said, “It’s not really interesting for me, this part of the story, to be honest. All I’m interested in is to be able to help him in his goals.”
Wimbledon kicks off on June 23.
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