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Matosevic: No to female coach

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If Andy Murray’s appointment of Amelie Mauresmo sparks a trend of men hiring female coaches, don’t expect Marinko Matosevic to jump on the bandwagon.

The Australian world No.60 has no problem with women coaching on the men’s tour but it’s definitely not for him.

“For me, I couldn’t do it since I don’t think that highly of the women’s game,” Matosevic said after his opening-round 6-4 6-4 upset win over Marin Cilic at Queen’s Club on Tuesday.

“But, you know, his mum coached him and she did a great job with him so we’ll see what happens.”

Murray will work with two-time grand slam winner Mauresmo for the four-week grass season.

Some players, included Roger Federer, have publicly supported the move but the Brit said he didn’t care if there was criticism.

Asked about suggestions there should be a clear coaching separation between the ATP and WTA Tours, Matosevic – who is coached by Australian doubles legend Mark Woodforde, said:

“It’s all equal rights these days. Got to be politically correct.

“So, yeah, someone’s got to give it a go. It won’t be me.”

Murray’s appointment of a female coach is not ground-breaking among past or present tour players.

Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin is coached by his mother and Kazakhstan’s world No.50 Mikhail Kukushkin married his coach in 2011.