'Yeah, maybe she can help me'.
“I think she's bringing a lot of confidence to my game, to my personality, to my state of mind,” said Pouille, who is guaranteed to return to the top 20 no matter what happens against Djokovic on Friday.
“As I said at the beginning, the goal is not to reach the final, the semi-final, the goal is to improve my tennis, to put what I work on during the practice in the match. That gives me less pressure. I'm just trying to focus on my game, not on the consequences and the results.”
When Mauresmo was hired by Andy Murray as his coach in 2014, the Scot received some not overly complimentary messages from other players, asking why he had chosen a woman for what they saw as a man’s job. Murray batted them away and went on to become almost a spokesman for equality on the tennis Tour and on Thursday, Mauresmo said Murray set the tone for others.
“He's been really outspoken about equality, about women being able to coach, whether a male player or a female player,” Mauresmo said at Melbourne Park. “He's been really proactive in this area so it's definitely going to be one thing that people remember about him. And the fact that he hired me at the time probably put the idea, at least in Lucas' mind maybe, to think, 'Yeah, maybe she can help me'.”