London - He has spent nearly a decade putting his mother and girlfriend through an emotional wringer every time he plays, and the new woman in Andy Murray’s life doesn’t seem to be faring any better.
Murray’s coach Amelie Mauresmo showed she was not immune to the ups and downs of his high-tempo game as she nervously watched her charge on Wednesday.
Miss Mauresmo joined Murray’s team - including long-term girlfriend Kim Sears, six seats away - in the VIP box at the Queen’s Tennis Club in West London, where he was playing Paul-Henri Mathieu in the Aegon Championships.
The third woman in Murray’s life - mother Judy - missed the match because she was watching a women’s tournament in Birmingham.
Murray, 27, hired Frenchwoman Miss Mauresmo, 34, after parting with his coach of two years, Ivan Lendl, in March. The pair have been dubbed ‘Murresmo’.
He described Miss Mauresmo, a former world No?1 who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006, as a ‘fantastic player’ and ‘very calm’.
He said: ‘I’m excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired. I’ve always had a strong female influence in my career.
‘With my mum, especially, she listened extremely well and that’s something I needed right now.’
Asked about the benefits of a female coach, Judy Murray said: ‘They are probably better listeners and there is less ego with women than men.’ Miss Mauresmo added: ‘I think he’s maybe looking for something different, about emotions and sensitive things.’
Despite Miss Mauresmo’s many grimaces during the match, Murray - who has won this tournament three times - beat Mathieu, 32, in straight sets.