French Open

Murray refutes Mauresmo rift

2016-05-24 18:54
Andy Murray (Getty)

Paris, - World number two Andy Murray scotched reports of a rift with former coach Amelie Mauresmo after recovering from a two-set deficit against Czech veteran Radek Stepanek to reach the French Open second round on Tuesday.

Murray battled past the 37-year-old Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 after play was held over from Monday when the match was suspended due to darkness.

But the Scot, who parted ways with Mauresmo earlier this month after a two-year partnership, denied there had been a falling out with the Frenchwoman.

"Me and Amelie have a very good relationship, and I don't think it's fair to try to say otherwise," said Murray, who had been labelled as "complex" by Mauresmo in interview with French newspaper L'Equipe.

Mauresmo added that Murray's on-court behaviour could often contrast his demeanour off it, but the second seed rejected that as a reason for their split.

"When we sat down in Madrid...it was far from heated. We spoke very calmly the whole time. And to say that the reason that we stopped working together is because of my behaviour on the court, that is not true.

"In Madrid when we spoke, we didn't discuss that one time.

"That's what was most disappointing for me is that the reason we stopped working together...was the fact that we literally were spending hardly any time together in a three-month period right before major events coming up.

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