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Why aren’t there more female coaches on tour? Coaches and players weigh in (Global)

There is a Top 10 player who has, not one, but two, female coaches. That’s not a common sight in the upper echelons of professional tennis. But it can be.

World No.8 Karolina Pliskova is accompanied by former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez at the US Open, and is also working with Rennae Stubbs, who is taking a backseat this fortnight due to her media commitments in New York, but will resume her coaching role with the Czech after the tournament is over.

Last year, Jelena Ostapenko won the French Open with two women in her corner, her mother Jelena Jakovleva, as well as Spanish former world No.16 Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Ex-world No.1 Lindsay Davenport helped guide Madison Keys to the US Open final last season.

Medina Garrigues has since moved on to a new role as Fed Cup captain, while Davenport decided to scale back her travel schedule and is no longer officially part of Keys’ coaching camp but continues to advise the American on a friendly basis when necessary.

“I think that after Andy started working with Amelie Mauresmo I think a number of the women saw that actually bringing somebody into their teams that had that experience of being successful at the top-end of the game as a player would be something that could help them in the major events.”

In 2014, former world No.1 Andy Murray made waves on the tennis tour when he hired French two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo as a coach, in a move nearly unheard of at the top of the men’s game. The Scottish star, a vocal advocate for women’s tennis and gender equality, later spoke out about the unfair judgment Mauresmo received when she was his coach, simply because she was a woman.

But his mother and childhood coach, Judy Murray, who is a British former Fed Cup captain and has years of coaching experience, believes Andy ended up inspiring others to follow suit – at least on the women’s circuit.

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