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Andy Murray takes a feminist stand defending his coach

Tennis superstar Andy Murray has been forced to defend his coach - a tennis legend in her own right, Amélie Mauresmo - after she was forced to endure an avalanche of criticism after being appointed the star's coach i 2014.

"Right from the word go, I knew that working alongside Amélie would set tongues wagging," Murray wrote in a column for a French newspaper.

“The reason for this is that very few players before me have worked with a female coach. I realised it would create a feeling of suspicion, mistrust and perhaps even negativity... I didn’t realise, however, that Amélie would find herself up against such criticism and prejudice. The staggering thing was that she was slated every time I lost, which is something my former coaches never ever experienced. It wasn’t right.”

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Despite sitting in the tennis ranks at No. 11 when Mauresmo was appointed and rising to world No. 3, the coach has still faced a barrage of criticism.

"Her competence was always under fire," he wrote. "I felt embarrassed. That’s why I made a point of repeatedly saying she was doing an excellent job.”

Murray says his appointment of a female coach opened his eyes to the inequality still taking place in the world.

“Inequality is something I started to see and become passionate about. It’s opened my mind.”

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