WIMBLEDON champion Andy Murray revealed after breezing into the French Open third round yesterday that he has held talks with both men and women about becoming his new coach.
Seeded seventh at Roland Garros, Murray took less than two hours to see off Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-1, 6-3, but fellow Briton Heather Watson was beaten by world No4 Simona Halep in straight sets.
Murray has been without a coach since parting company with Ivan Lendl in March and former world No1 Amelie Mauresmo emerged as a potential candidate for the vacancy this week when she watched the Scotsman’s French Open first round win from the stands.
And Murray, who was coached by mum Judy as a junior, admitted he would have no problem hiring a woman.
“I don’t really care whether some of the other players like it or not. That’s not something that really bothers me,” said Murray, who will meet No28 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in round three.
“I was coached by my mum for a long time. There has been ex-players that have said ‘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.”
Watson, meanwhile, was heartened by her performance in the 6-2, 6-4 second round defeat to Halep, ending a run of 11 straight wins in May.
“She played well, but I didn’t feel she was a totally different level,” said Watson.
“I know what I need to work on, but I also know I’m not far off.”