1. British tennis star Andy Murray, who has been without a coach since March of this year, just announced that he is hiring former world No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo as his new coach.
Murray has gone as high as No. 2 in the world, and has won two major titles, including Wimbledon last year, as well as the Olympic gold medal in 2012.
2. Mauresmo has won two major titles herself (the Australian Open and Wimbledon, both in 2006) and was ranked world No. 1 for a total of 39 weeks during her career.
Mauresmo won a total of 25 tour titles during her career, as well as an Olympic silver medal in 2004. She has not played a match since the 2009 US Open, and she announced her retirement shortly thereafter.
3. While it is rare for a male tennis player to hire a female coach, it is not unprecedented (although Murray is the highest profile player to have done so).
Players Mikhail Kukushkin and Denis Istomin have had female coaches, and Mauresmo herself coached fellow French player Michael Llodra for a brief period in 2010.
4. Unfortunately, some have turned to social media to criticize Murray’s decision to hire a female coach.
10. Many of the complaints invoke derogatory rhetoric about female athletes, criticizing Mauresmo’s femininity.
15. While others are utilizing sexist arguments to argue that Mauresmo has nothing to bring to the table besides “traditional” female roles.
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