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Marinko Matosevic says female tennis coach not for him

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Liam FitzGibbon

I don't think that highly of the women's game ... Marinko Matosevic during his win over Marin Cilic at Queens Club.

I don't think that highly of the women's game ... Marinko Matosevic during his win over Marin Cilic at Queens Club.

London: If Andy Murray's appointment of Amelie Mauresmo sparks a trend of men hiring female coaches, don't expect Marinko Matosevic to jump on the bandwagon.

The Australian world No.60 has no problem with women coaching on the men's tour but it's definitely not for him.

"For me, I couldn't do it since I don't think that highly of the women's game," Matosevic said after his opening-round 6-4 6-4 upset win over Marin Cilic at Queen's Club on Tuesday.

"But, you know, his mum coached him and she did a great job with him so we'll see what happens."

Murray will work with two-time grand slam winner Mauresmo for the four-week grass season.

Some players, included Roger Federer, have publicly supported the move but the Brit said he didn't care if there was criticism.

Asked about suggestions there should be a clear coaching separation between the ATP and WTA Tours, Matosevic - who is coached by Australian doubles legend Mark Woodforde, said:

"It's all equal rights these days. Got to be politically correct.

"So, yeah, someone's got to give it a go. It won't be me."

Murray's appointment of a female coach is not ground-breaking among past or present tour players.

Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin is coached by his mother and Kazakhstan's world No.50 Mikhail Kukushkin married his coach in 2011.

Matosevic joined compatriots Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic in the second round in London, while Australian qualifier James Duckworth gave second seed Tomas Berdych a huge scare.

The 22-year-old, ranked 167th, pushed the Czech world No.6 to the limit in a 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-4 loss.

Matosevic finally broke his grand slam duck at last month's French Open, winning a first-round match at a major in his 13th attempt.

That allowed the 28-year-old to arrive on the grass with a new sense of freedom and he's also been able to call on the expertise of Woodforde.

Matosevic revealed Woodforde had been encouraging him to employ the aggressive serve-and-volley style used by Australian grass court greats of years gone by including Rod Laver, John Newcombe and Pat Rafter.

"He's been telling me grass is about playing to win," Matosevic said.

"So just trying to be aggressive and come forward and play the old-school Aussie way.

"I'm trying to do it. In certain moments it's tough because I'm not used to it, so I'm trying to force myself to do it."

AAP

47 comments

  • Matosevic is an idiot and talking way out of his pay grade what does he think he's achieved to talk about a multiple grand slam champion hiring another one to coach him even if she happens to be female.

    Andy Murray - 2 Grand Slams, Olympic Gold medal, 28 titles, $32m dollars prize money

    Mad Dog - 0 grand slams - 0 titles, $1.5m dollars prize money

    Commenter
    TheRealist
    Date and time
    June 11, 2014, 9:00AM
    • Absolutely agree! And there are more than one hundred women players who have more than $3million in prize money. Wait till you are better and then maybe someone will give a damn about your opinion - Matosevic, was it?

      Commenter
      anna
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 10:25AM
    • TheRealist, he is still allowed to have an opinion whether you like it or not.

      TheRealist - 0 Grand slams - 0 titles - 0 events - $0 prize money

      Commenter
      Paul
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 10:29AM
    • No he has just expressed his honest opinion...he is entitled to do that in a free world and so what if its looked at as sexist....I totally agree with him...women's tennis is nothing to watch compared to the men,s game.Matter of fact its similar to women.s golf that stuff will put you to sleep as well.

      Commenter
      cam
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 10:33AM
    • What a stupid argument. He's not comparing himself to Murray so why make that argument? So if Federer said it was a stupid idea based on your logic it would be valid?

      Commenter
      CSKN
      Location
      Manly
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 10:35AM
    • So he won't hire a female coach. Big deal. The guy shouldn't be labelled a sexist just because he prefers having a male coach. Would he be a racist too if he said he prefers having an Australian coach?

      Sexism is an important issue, but this is a trivial and sensationalist use of the word to get clicks. Regretting mine.

      Commenter
      C'mon
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 10:43AM
    • You mock Matosevic quoting earnings yet he has $1.5million more than you? You aren't even on the tour.

      Matosevic is entitled to an opinion and saying it is not for him is not sexist or outrageous in any way.

      He is not saying Murray shouldn't do it.

      And he is right, the women's game does not match the level of skill seen in the men's game. The men's game is not slap, slap, slap and hope the errors are less than the total winners.

      And if we are jumping on the quality chant, let's make sure women start playing best of five sets at slams in the name equality since both genders receive equal prize money.

      Commenter
      matt1985
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 11:26AM
    • matt1985 - Traditionally, women play 3 sets and men play 5 sets. Given gender differences, and differences in the game, where women have less powerful serves and must rally for the majority of points, this has always been considered equivalent.

      So to pay women less for an equivalent effort is simply illogical. And that is why, after many decades of inequality, the prize money was made equal.

      I bet you never questioned why women were earning less in the past, right?

      Commenter
      Crystaltowers
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 4:42PM
  • He is offering an opinion. Not sexist, just an opinion that he hasn't seen many female player whom he believes are that good.
    Why the need to rip apart every comment by every personality and demand to find offence.?

    Commenter
    david
    Date and time
    June 11, 2014, 10:22AM
    • Nailed it.

      Commenter
      Fred
      Date and time
      June 11, 2014, 10:45AM

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