Amelie Mauresmo recently became the first woman to be named as the director of the French Open in a decision by the country’s tennis federation. The appointment of the former World No.1 in the top role was generally greeted by a positive response around the tennis World.
She will succeed Guy Forget, who stepped down from the role on Tuesday with his contract expiring at the end of the year. Mauresmo won Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She has also coached several top players, including former number one Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka.
Andy Murray’s reaction to the appointment
Andy Murray, who has previously been coached by Mauresmo, recently shared his views on the appointment. The Scotsman revealed that he was very pleased for her, and backed her to flourish in the role. He also appealed to the people around her to support her so that she could execute her plans in the role.
“I’m sure she’ll do a really really good job. I hope it goes well for her, I hope she gets properly supported by everyone. It’ll be interesting to see what she does with the role, what changes she makes.”- read the tweet by the Twitter page of Roland Garros.
Earlier, in an interview to Eurosport, the 34-year-old had echoed the thoughts in the tweet, while also adding that it was a surprise that it took as long as the year 2022 for a female to be elected for the top job at the French Open.
“It’s obviously brilliant for her, I’m sure she’ll do a really, really good job. It just seems crazy that it’s now nearly 2022 and it’s the first time that a female has been a tournament director there. “However it’s great that she now gets that opportunity. She’s very well-respected in tennis certainly and tennis in France as well. I hope it goes well for her, I hope she gets properly supported by everyone. It’ll be interesting to see what she does with the role, what changes she makes”.