Rome: Andy Murray confirmed yesterday that a failure to win a third Grand Slam title was among the factors which finally caused him and coach Amelie Mauresmo to end their relationship on the eve of the French Open.
Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo
The Scot World No 3 is now playing a final Roland Garros tune-up at the Rome Masters this week without two-time Grand Slam winner Mauresmo in his corner. Murray, the first major men's player to choose a female as coach when he and Frenchwoman Mauresmo got together in spring, 2014, said the pair made it work through the end of last season.
"For two years, I think the results that we had were good. But unless I win a Grand Slam, then ultimately that's how people judge whether it worked or not. When she came on board, my results really picked up. The time we spent together was positive. It's just a shame I wasn't able to win one of the major events, because that's what both of us wanted," Murray said.
"Obviously in Australia (January final) it started well, but between the Australian Open and Rome, we only spent 10 days together, in Miami. It became difficult with the amount of time required to do the job and the amount of time we were able to work together.
"It (the post-Australian period) was just such a long period of the year, an important period where I was struggling, as well, where we weren't getting to work through that together. It's unfortunate but those things happen."