Andy Murray begins his eighth French Open with what should be an uncomplicated workout against the Argentinian lucky loser Facundo Argüello on Monday. However, he may be mildly distracted by the growing suspicion this could be his last major campaign with his coach, Amélie Mauresmo.
Mauresmo, who joined Murray just before Wimbledon last year after his messy split with Ivan Lendl, is due to give birth to her first child in August but on Friday she cast doubt on her original plan to accompany the world No3 to London this year, alongside his new assistant coach, Jonas Bjorkman.
“As long as I can feel good and be around the team in a good and positive way, I’ll do it,” she said. “That’s why the week after Roland Garros I will think about it and have medical opinion on whether I’m meeting the team in Wimbledon or not.
“Again with Andy, we said: ‘We’ll see, let’s give it time.’ We don’t know what we’ll want to do. So there is a bit of unknown there. But Jonas will be there, and he’s ready to have the second part of the year covered. So all is good.”
Murray muddied the waters when he said neither of them had decided when – or even if – they would team up again after Mauresmo has given birth.
“The good thing is that, after the US Open [which starts on 31 August], there is time before the Australian Open [in mid-January], which is something I would build towards in the off-season,” Murray said. “There’s not a timetable. I think she will know quite soon after the US Open what she wants to do. She might not want to travel anymore. I can understand that. It’s good that I have Jonas, who is willing to do a lot of travelling and a lot of weeks.
“Maybe Amélie wants to do much less time. We will just wait and see. I would like to continue working with her, but who knows how she is going to feel after she has the child?”
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