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Amelie Mauresmo        

Retired World No. 1 Tennis Player & 1st Woman To Coach a Top-10 Male Player (Andy Murray); Advocate for LGBT Athletes

Amélie Mauresmo is a French former professional tennis player, and former world No. 1. Mauresmo won two Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon, and also won a Silver Medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Amelie Mauresmo is one of the most respected names in women’s tennis since the dawn of the new millennium. Known for her elite fitness level and intense training regimens, Mauresmo became recognized as a physically dominant player on the tennis court. Her journey as an athlete started in her home country of France, where she first played tennis. Like many young tennis stars, sports speaker Amelie entered the professional circuit at the adolescent age of 15. After a couple of years of excelling on the junior tour, she began to make a name for herself as one of the top young tennis players in the world.

In 1999, Amelie burst onto the national scene when she dethroned the world No. 1 player Lindsay Davenport in the Australian Open. Over the next several years, Amelie soared through the tennis ranks and became a perennial top 10 player. In 2004, Mauresmo reached the honor of being ranked the No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world. This accomplishment was unique for Mauresmo, because at the time she was only the second woman ever to be ranked No.1 without a Grand Slam victory. She lost her top ranking, but her luck would change in 2006 when she finally would capture the illusive Grand Slam title. That year, Mauresmo outlasted all of her opponents at both the Australian Open and The Wimbledon Championship. These were her first two Grand Slam Championships, and elevated her to the elite class of female tennis stars.

In her post-playing career, Amelie Mauresmo has continued to stay involved with the game of tennis. She started a career as a coach and trainer, and she’s worked successfully with top-tier women’s players Victoria Azarenka and Marion Bartoli. In June 2014, Amelie joined forces with Andy Murray as his new coach, making her the first female coach to train a professional men’s player. She’s also a part-time commentator for EuroSport as a tennis analyst. In addition to tennis, Mauresmo is openly lesbian and a major supporter of LGBT athletes.

Mauresmo was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015.

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