Tennis ace Andy says working closely with a female coach has helped enhance his attitude towards women
Andy Murray says working with his coach Amelie Mauresmo has turned him into a feminist. The World No 3 was criticised by many for his decision to work under a female coach.
Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo during a practice session in London last year. Pics/Getty Images
And with the former World No 1, Mauresmo due to give birth later this summer, the future scope of her role as his coach remains uncertain. The Scot however, insists that the Frenchwoman has had a great impact on his outlook.
"I'm pro-everyone being equal and if that's being a feminist then you could say so, yes. It really opened my eyes when I started working with Amelie," said Murray, who began training with Mauresmo in June last year.
"I've actually become very passionate about getting more women in sport, giving women more opportunities.
Few females coaches
"When I was younger, I wasn't thinking about stuff like that. But now I've seen it with my own eyes. It's quite amazing how few female coaches there are across any sport," the 2013 Wimbledon champion was quoted as saying by telegraph.co.uk.
The 28-year-old London Olympics gold medallist admitted that he feels more comfortable opening up to females after his association with the 35-year-old Mauresmo.
"I'm not sure why, but ever since I was young, I've found it easier to talk about how I'm feeling with the women closest to me — my mum (Judy), my wife (Kim Sears)," added Murray.