Roger Federer backs Amelie Mauresmo's appointment as Andy Murray's new coach
Last Updated: 09/06/14 5:09pm
Roger Federer sees Amelie Mauresmo as a 'great choice' for Andy Murray after it was announced she would coach the world No 5 for the grasscourt season.
Murray has been training without a coach since he and Ivan Lendl parted ways in March following a successful partnership which saw the Scot win his maiden grand slam at Wimbledon last year.
Federer said: "I think it is very interesting. I think it's great and only time will tell if it is going to be successful or not.
"But Andy has always been open to try out things or go in a different direction with Ivan Lendl, with Brad Gilbert as well and now with Amelie Mauresmo.”
Mauresmo retired in 2009 with two grand slams to her name. She is the current France Federation Cup team captain, having coached compatriot Michael Llodra in 2010 as well as former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in 2011.
She then guided Marion Bartoli to last year’s Wimbledon title in sensational fashion as Bartoli lifted the trophy without dropping a single set in the tournament.
"I always enjoyed watching her play and she is a true professional. So from that standpoint, I think it's a great choice and I hope they're going to be a successful team together,” Federer said.
Murray and Mauresmo will begin their partnership at Queen’s Club this week before he takes to the court for the defence of his Wimbledon crown.