Murray continues coach search

  • Last Updated: May 29 2014, 18:27 BST

Andy Murray has confirmed he has talked to female as well as male candidates about becoming his next coach.

Amelie Mauresmo: Linked with role as Andy Murray's coach
Amelie Mauresmo: Linked with role as Andy Murray's coach

Speculation about who will replace Ivan Lendl has grown ever since the pair stopped working together in March.

The latest name to emerge is former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, who was spotted in the stands watching Murray's first-round victory over Andrey Golubev at the French Open.

There was no sign of the Frenchwoman as Murray breezed through his second-round clash with Marinko Matosevic, beating the Australian 6-3 6-1 6-3.

The Scot revealed before the tournament he had identified the person he would like to be his next coach, and that could be a man or a woman.

He said: "I've spoken to a few people, male and female. I've also spoken to a couple of people to get some advice as well, also male and female.

"Not people that are necessarily going to coach me, but people that could advise me on certain people."

Female coaches are relatively rare in professional tennis as a whole but certainly on the men's tour.

Mikhail Kukushkin is coached by his wife and Denis Istomin by his mother, while Murray of course had mother Judy as his first coach.

Mauresmo is one of the few women to have coached a man they were not related to after helping Michael Llodra during the grass-court season in 2010.

Asked whether it would be good for the sport for a top man to be coached by a woman, Murray said: "I guess that's for everyone else to decide.

"I'm sure people will talk about that when it happens, whether it's with me or with another player.

"I don't really care whether some of the other male players like it or not. That's not something that really bothers me.

"I was coached by my mum for a long time. I have had her around at tournaments for a long time. There has been ex-players and stuff that have said, 'Oh, your mum shouldn't be around,' or she shouldn't come and support you or come to watch.

"It's silly. Everyone is entitled to have the team around them that they want. Everyone works very differently.

"Some men might not work well with a female. Some men might work well with a female coach. It's just whatever your preference is and whatever your needs are."

Murray has so far kept his chosen name a secret, and he is very unlikely to announce anything until his French Open is over.

The Scot said: "Ever since I stopped working with Ivan, there has been a lot of different names that people have mentioned.

"Obviously Amelie this week. There was (Mats) Wilander. There has been (Jonas) Bjorkman, John McEnroe, (Martina) Navratilova, Leon Smith, Bob Brett.

"You just have to kind of put up with it. When the time is right, I will make an announcement. But nothing to say just yet."

Asked if any of those names were correct, Murray said: "Not that I'm aware of," an answer that can certainly be taken with a pinch of salt.