• Murray and Amelie Mauresmo to continue their partnership in 2016
  • Murray thanks Jonas Bjorkman who filled in during Mauresmo’s maternity leave
  • Brit would return from Australian Open if birth of his first child is early

By Ros Satar

DUBAI, UAE – Andy Murray confirmed that Amelie Mauresmo will be returning to his coaching team in 2016.

Murray, who finished with his highest year-end ranking of World No. 2 this year was talking to reporters at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) where he joined the Singapore Slammers.

As reported by the BBC, Murray said:

“For me there were a lot of positives last year, but the last step is the most important thing and we need to work hard together to get back to winning the Slams. I’ve just got to find the way to get the wins against the top players in the biggest matches again.”

He continued: “Amelie did come in at a difficult time, when I had just come back from back surgery, which was tough.

“When I started working with her officially I was ranked 11 in the world – I had just dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in eight years – and I’m now back up to number two, which is my highest ranking.”

Mauresmo has committed to travelling with Murray’s team for at least 20 weeks of the year, and Murray thanks Jonas Bjorkman for stepping in. The Swede joined the team as Murray had the best clay court season of his career, winning his first two clay court titles including defeating Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Masters, and scoring a win over Novak Djokovic in the Montreal Masters.

Murray thanks Bjorkman on his Facebook page.

Murray Mauresmo Bjorkman

Mauresmo welcomed her first child Aaron in August, and with Murray’s first child expected in mid-February, Murray said he would return from Melbourne if his wife Kim were to go into labour early.

He said: “I want to make sure at the beginning I am there as much as I can be to try and help out, just be there for whatever is really required of me.”

Murray will be travelling to the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards, held in Belfast this year, and was nominated after helping guide Great Britain to their first Davis Cup win in 79years, He won the award in 2013, after becoming the first British man in 77 years to lift the Wimbledon men’s singles title, and was placed third in 2012, after winning Olympic Gold and the US Open title.

Having won the Young Sports Personality in 2004, he has been nominated eight times in the following nine years. The live show takes place on Sunday.

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