MARINKO Matosevic has been lambasted on social media after controversially questioning Andy Murray’s decision to hire Amelie Mauresmo as coach.
“For me, I couldn’t do it (work with a female coach) since I don’t think that highly of the women’s game,” Matosevic said after trouncing Croat Marin Cilic at Queen’s Club.
“It’s all equal rights these days,” the blunt Australian said. “Got to be politically correct.
“So, yeah, someone’s got to give it (being coached by a woman) a go. Won’t be me.”
The rugged Australian’s comments triggered an angry response on Twitter.
Mauresmo is the highest-profile female to mentor an elite male.
Like Murray, the Frenchwoman is a grand slam singles champion and agreed to succeed Ivan Lendl as the Scot’s guide.
But while the tennis community has been publicly supportive, albeit with several leading men refusing to comment on the issue, Matosevic made plain his thoughts.
“Apparently there are a few guys in the top 100 who do have women’s coaches,” he said.
“I think (Mikhail) Kukushkin gets coached by his wife, Denis (Istomin) by his mum. She’s done a great job with him.
“I think there could be one more.
Matosevic is coached by South Australian Mark Woodforde.