Marinko Matosevic is not ready to have a female tennis coach


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."