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Gender of a coach shouldn’t be important

  • Andy Murray

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Oxshott, Surrey, UK   /   Sat, March 7, 2020   /  04:18 pm
Gender of a coach shouldn’t be important I was coached by my mum from a young age and have had good experiences with female coaches throughout my tennis career. But when I became professional, I noticed that basically every male player had a male coach and, in most cases, a male support team. (Shutterstock/Pixel-Shot)

When my brother Jamie and I were growing up, we lived very close to the local tennis courts in Dunblane (Scotland). Given my mum played tennis to a reasonable standard and was also a coach, it was inevitable we would end up playing. My mum has great energy and has been a workaholic ever since we were young, often getting up at 4 a.m. to start her day. She’s a role model for me through her determination, work ethic and drive to do what she wants to do. Even now, she’s still traveling everywhere and teaching on the court, trying to bring tennis to the masses and give kids, girls and female coaches an opportunity. I was coached by my mum from a young age and have had good experiences with female coaches throughout my tennis career. But when I became professional, I noticed that basically every male player had a male coach and, in most cases, a male support team. When I ...

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