Paris - Amelie
Mauresmo stepped down on Monday as French Fed Cup captain saying that she
was pregnant, a day after the team lost in the final to the Czech
The former world No 1 took over as team captain in 2012,
leading France to promotion from the Fed Cup second division during her
"I am expecting my second child in April and with the Fed Cup
programme including matches in February and April, it would be
impossible," said the former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion.
Mauresmo, 37, who formerly coached world number one Andy Murray, said
she had kept the news secret from the team which fell 3-2 to defeat to
the Czechs in Strasbourg on Sunday.
"It was a bit of a shock at first, they weren't expecting it," said Mauresmo after telling the players earlier Monday.
She said that her decision had nothing to do with tension within the team following the defeat.
"This has got nothing to do with the results this weekend nor with
any so-called disagreement among the girls. It is simply because it
would be impossible to continue."
Mauresmo gave birth to a son in August 2015 when she was Murray's
coach. The partnership with the Scot ended in May this year after almost
two years with reports at the time suggesting she wanted to spend more
time with her son.