|05-24-2015, 06:01 AM||#1|
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Andy Murray a bit of a feminist!
Don't get me wrong, I love this guy's tennis, he's good for Britain. Excellent how he's won 2 clay court titles (2 in a row!) One in Munich (beautiful part of Germany!) and in Rafael's country and beating him their! I like seeing Brits do well (we were doing so well for so long, it's nice to see another Anglo country do well, even though I would like Aussies to rise and shine again soon though!)
Andy Murray: Working with Amelie Mauresmo has turned me into a feminist
World No 3 says he is amazed at how few female coaches there are in the world of sport
Perfect pair: Amelie Mauresmo has coached Andy Murray for the past year Photo: GETTY IMAGES
9:33AM BST 18 May 2015
Andy Murray says working with his coach Amelie Mauresmo has turned him into a feminist.
The world No 3 raised eyebrows when he appointed Mauresmo last year, with many people criticising his decision to work under a female coach.
With Mauresmo due to give birth later this summer, her role as Murray's coach in the future remains uncertain, but the Scot says she has already had a big effect on his outlook.
"I'm pro everyone being equal and if that's being a feminist then you could say so, yes," said Murray, speaking to the Red Bulletin.
"It really opened my eyes when I started working with Amelie.
"Inequality is something I started to see and become passionate about. It's opened my mind.
Andy Murray will compete at the French Open
"I've actually become very passionate about getting more women in sport, giving women more opportunities.
"When I was younger, I wasn't thinking about stuff like that. But now I've seen it with my own eyes, it's quite amazing how few female coaches there are across any sport."
Seen by many as something of a surly figure, Murray also admitted he feels more comfortable opening up to females.
"I'm not sure why, but ever since I was young, I've found it easier to talk about how I'm feeling with the women closest to me — my mum, my wife," he added.
"It was much easier for me to open up to Amelie when I wasn't feeling confident.
Amelie Mauresmo will give birth later this summer
"When you get five or six men sitting at a table in a competitive environment, it's not pleasant. I've found it difficult to open up sometimes as you feel judged or that it's seen as a sign of weakness.
"Sometimes, when we're competing and working out, trying to be macho, it can get a bit testosterone-fuelled.
"I've ended up having big arguments. I don't feel like I'm competing with Amelie."
Murray will take his place at the French Open later this week.
I think rich people just don't get it do they? I mean of course it's easy to open up to your ma and wife! But he needs to step into the real world and try to be less bias. If he wants a female coach that's his business... he's too soppy about everything really.
|05-24-2015, 06:15 AM||#2|
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Re: Andy Murray a bit of a feminist!
But look at the condemnation when he has these feelings. A Jew woman giving him a hell of a biased article: (I put all the critical stuff in bold)
Andy Murray says women can coach, is hailed a feminist. But did he mean it?
This week, Andy Murray publicly thanked Amelie Mauresmo and struck a decisive blow for aspiring women coaches. It was hailed as a landmark moment - but was it really the selfless move it seemed? Claire Cohen explains
Andy Murrau praised his coach on court, and spoke-up for women coaches everywhere Photo: AP
By Claire Cohen
10:00AM GMT 31 Jan 2015
Amid the furore over just what colourful language Andy Murray’s fiancée, Kim Sears, did or didn’t splutter at the Australian Open this week – you might just have missed the real story, buried beneath the expletives.
Almost eight months after hiring her as his coach, Murray publicly defended Amelie Mauresmo – and struck a blow for aspiring female coaches everywhere.
In his post match interview, the British number one said: “A lot of people criticised me for working with her and I think so far this week we have showed women can be very good coaches as well.
“I would say it was a brave choice from her and hopefully I can repay her in a few days”.
(“Brave for you too,” replied interviewer Jim Courier, completely missing the point).
It was a defining moment.
Now - whatever the outcome of Murray’s Australian Open 2015 final against Novak Djokovic - it’s the 35-year-old Frenchwoman who will emerge victorious.
(Not to mention the fact that Murray is already being hailed as a feminist icon).
You see, the subject of women coaches is still incredibly thorny in the sporting world. Especially when it comes to individual games, such as tennis, where player and coach work one-on-one.
When Mauresmo was appointed, last June, former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade suggested it was a joke, calling her "a little fragile mentally" and speculating that Murray was trying to "mess with everybody" by appointing a woman to replace Ivan Lendl.
While Twitter exploded with comments such as:
‘Great choice for Andy Murray to hire a woman as his new coach. Bet he has lots of washing up and cooking on the tour which she can do!’
And ‘Andy Murray has appointed a woman as his new coach. There goes any chance of another Grand Slam title’.
Mauresmo has stayed quiet on the issue, simply saying: "I was aware of some things, probably not all the things that were said…I don't think reacting vocally to any comments is really the right way.”
Now, she is proving herself on court, as her protégé reaches his first grand slam final since winning Wimbledon in 2012.
So will this open the door for other women to become coaches to male players?
Former British number one Annabel Croft isn’t so sure.
Annabel Croft. Photo: Jeff Gilbert
Andy Murray v Donald Young in Davis Cup: live
She explains that part of the problem is the incestuous nature of tennis circuit, when it comes to jobs.
“It’s like a travelling circus,” she tells me. “Vacancies come up and other coaches on tour fill them. Mauresmo will certainly have opened up other opportunities for herself. If she does well with Andy, other players will likely want to hire her afterwards”.
And for other women coaches?
“She might have opened a door for them too. But it’s still very unusual”.
Croft is right. The stats speak for themselves. Indeed, just 31 per cent of all UK sports coaches are currently women.
Murray is currently the only top male tennis player to be coached by a woman. And none of the top ten female players have a full-time female coach either – although rising US star Madison Keyes is now being trained by former women’s champion Lindsay Davenport.
Only a handful of male players, in the history of the game, have been coached by women (Croft struggles to recall them). And, typically, they were ’momagers’: Jimmy Connors, Marat Safin – and Murray himself were all first coached by their mums.
There can be little doubt that Mauresmo must feel like the odd-one-out on the tour, which is so antiquated in parts that women are still referred to as ‘ladies’.
Of course, the issue of women coaching men is contentious in other sports, too.
Hope Powell, who had a successful career in charge of the England women’s football teamhas expressed her desire to manage a male side – but hasn’t yet been given the chance.
While, last summer, Helena Costa became the first woman to manage a men’s professional football team when she took charge of second division French club Clermont Foot 63 – only to depart the club before the start of the season, citing sexism.
Giselle Mather. Photo: Englandrugby.com
I spoke to Giselle Mather, Britain's most prominent female full-time professional rugby coach at London Irish, to understand where the problem lies.
She told me that she thinks the process is “evolutionary”.
“Andy Murray has an innovative approach,” she said. “It takes somebody like him to make the change. The more men who are coached by women – and realise it makes no difference at all – the more women will be able to get into those positions.
Mather attributes her success to the same thing: prominent men who opened the door for her to coach males. Now, she is in charge of 35 burly men. How long did it take her to gain their respect?
“About 15 minutes,” she quips. “When I started out, I could see it written all over some of the men’s foreheads: ‘What the hell do you know?’
“But all they really want is to progress. Once they see you can do that for them, it’s fine”.
Mather tells me that “so many coaching teams are missing a female presence”. She teaches 16 to 18 year-olds at London Irish and says that it’s important to “catch them from a young age” so they get used to having a woman in charge.
So does she think we’ll see a woman coaching the England men’s rugby team, or football team any time soon?
“They never thought we’d have a female Prime Minister,” she says. “It will happen, at some point”.
Croft agrees that Murray is an innovator. She tells me that “he likes to prove people wrong. That’s a big motivator for him”.
Which might go some way to explaining whispers circulating on the tour that Murray’s tribute to Mauresmo, while undoubtedly true, was not the selfless act it might at first seem to be.
You see, his opponent in that Australian Open semi-final match was Thomas Berdych, whose camp includes Dani Vallverdu, who used to help coach Murray but left his team under a cloud after the Brit failed to consult him over Mauresmo’s appointment.
There are those, then, that see Murray’s public endorsement of his new coach as two fingers up to his former hitting partner, Vallverdu. Put bluntly: an 'I told you so'.
Former women’s player Anne Keothavong hinted at this tension in this pre-match tweet:
&lt;noframe&gt;Twitter: Anne Keothavong - I hope Amelie Mauresmo is getting the same kind of credit as Dani Vallverdu&lt;/noframe&gt;
And Murray tackled it on court, in that same interview, speaking about the ‘tension’ created around the match.
But, regardless of his true reasons, Murray’s public praise of his female coach is a hugely positive thing for women in sport.
Mauresmo’s former charge, French player Marion Bartoli, agrees: “I think it’s amazing to see that a guy, one of the top players in the world, is hiring a woman to coach him. That is showing also the next generation that it is really moving on and women can coach some guys”.
Even Richard Krajicek (remember him?), who famously called female players “fat, lazy pigs” in 1992, commented:
“I think it’s a good trend…as they say, more women in the boardroom is better. A female coach gives a different way of thinking, which can help a player.”
Croft agrees and tells me she's heard Nigel Sears - father of Murray's fiancée Kim and former head coach of women's tennis for the LTA - speak about how "blunt" the young female players can find male coaches.
And it’s that ‘different way of thinking’ that clearly appeals to Murray - a tennis player who was raised under a strong female influence: his mother, Judy.
This week, she added her voice to her son’s and said: "I think Amelie's done a great job with him. She's not one of those coaches who comes in and tries to impose themselves and tell you what to do all the time.
"I think she's had a great influence on him and it was great to see him recognising that."
Let’s hope that after this latest grand slam final, her remaining few detractors will recognise it, too.
Women automatically go into brainwashed mode. Plus, there are non Whites like Cohen and Keothavong. That's entirely what the problem is... All these ideologies like feminism are poisoned.
What about coaching someone because of talent. Sounds like minority quotas...
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