Murray ready for 'fresh' start

  • Last Updated: June 9 2014, 8:07 BST

Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo both played down the significance of their ground-breaking partnership as they set their sights on winning grand slam titles together.

Amelie Mauresmo: Andy Murray's new coach
Amelie Mauresmo: Andy Murray's new coach

Murray is not afraid to break the mould and has certainly done so again by hiring the Frenchwoman to be his new coach, initially for the grasscourt season.

He set the trend for superstar coaches when he appointed Ivan Lendl at the end of 2011 but this will be seen as a big moment for women both in tennis and sport as a whole.

The pair will team up for the first time at this week's Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, and for Murray it was all about finding the right person.

The Wimbledon champion said: "Just from speaking to her, she's very calm, she's a good person. I think we will communicate well together, and I think that's a very important part of coaching.

"I obviously worked with my mum for a long time and then even periods when I was 16, 17 years old. For me it doesn't feel like a very different thing.

"I wasn't paying my mum so it'll be a little bit different this time around because I'll be employing Amelie. I think it's exciting, something a bit new for me, something a bit fresh and hopefully it works well."

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

Mauresmo is one of the few women to have coached a man that they were not related to after helping Michael Llodra during the grasscourt season in 2010 - she was also a key figure in Marion Bartoli's shock Wimbledon triumph last year.

The 34-year-old, who admitted she was surprised to get the call, said: "I guess it is a big story to write on and a step forward (for women).

"But honestly, it's not my big concern right now. I'm happy about this new challenge. I want to help Andy. It's the only thing that I have in mind."

Although the arrangement is initially for the grasscourt season, Mauresmo, who will continue in her role as France's Fed Cup captain for now at least, revealed they have already agreed on "a significant amount of weeks".

She understands to a certain extent what Murray goes through at SW19 having been under huge pressure to win the French Open in her career, something she never managed.

Mauresmo did win the Australian Open and Wimbledon and was a hugely talented and clever player who had a lot of variety in her game, another similarity with Murray.

There will certainly be a lot of attention on her shoulders, but she said: "I think he has the most pressure. That's for sure when you're a player, and I know what it is.

"The whole point is for him to win more grand slams. Of course he's going to defend his title at Wimbledon. That's his number one priority. It's not going to be something easy. I'll help him as best as I can."