View Full Version : Mauresmo may split with long-time coach- IS THIS THE END???

Sep 14th, 2008, 12:52 AM
Long-time time Coach of Amelie, Loic Courteau, may part ways with Mauresmo next year.

Amelie Mauresmo will travel the rest of the season without long-time coach Loic Courteau and has stopped working with physio Michel Franco.

Courteau told L'Equipe that he does not know if the coaching relationship will resume next year. "I don't know yet if I will continue to coach Amelie next year... I admit personally I'm disappointed with her results, form and demeanor during recent matches. I think here, a break would be useful," he said. "There is no sign of a conflict between us. The problem is that all the work we do in practice doesn't translate [during matches]."

IDK splitting with coach and no physio for rest of season Seems like she ready to retire.

Sep 14th, 2008, 12:58 AM
She just made a USO R16, she isn't retiring.
I think she needs to get what Bammer got, a psychologist to relax her on court. She is just too tense right now.

Sep 14th, 2008, 01:04 AM
MoMo, maybe a change will do her good :hug:

Sep 14th, 2008, 01:11 AM
I heard from a reliable Amelie fan that she's planning to play next season.

Sep 14th, 2008, 01:23 AM

Mauresmo tente la cassure

Selon L’Equipe, Amélie Mauresmo disputera la fin de saison sans Loïc Courteau, son entraîneur depuis six ans. Une fin de collaboration se profile à l’horizon 2009.
par Bastien Aubert, le 12-09-2008

En solo en Asie puis en Europe
Cette année 2008 aura été l’année de toutes les remises en question pour Amélie Mauresmo (http://www.sport24.com/tennis/wta/joueuses-wta/mauresmo). Tracassée par les blessures, minée par un moral en berne, l’ancienne n°1 mondiale avait fait part en début de saison de son désir de prendre progressivement sa carrière si les résultats ne suivaient pas. Ceux-ci se sont faits discrets, par à-coups, mais le talent est encore là. Après une tournée américaine qu’elle qualifie elle-même de «globalement positive», on s’attendait à voir Mauresmo poursuivre sa remontée dans la hiérarchie mondiale pour réintégrer le Top 20 (elle est passée de la 35e à la 24e place mondiale en deux mois). L’objectif est toujours largement à sa portée mais il se fera sans Loïc Courteau. Les quelques jours de repos pris par la Française ont nourri sa réflexion de ne pas disputer la fin de la saison en compagnie de celui qui est son entraîneur depuis six longues années. Arrivée sur le contient asiatique jeudi, Mauresmo est donc toute seule, puisqu’elle a également décidé de mettre fin à sa collaboration avec son kiné personnel Michel Franco. Les deux hommes seront donc absents à ses côtés au Japon et en Chine, mais aussi à son retour en Europe, à Zurich et Linz.

Pas la première fois
Courteau semble mal digérer ce changement radical mais le comprend si l’on en croit ses propos dans les colonnes de L’Equipe : En fait, je ne sais pas encore si je continuerai à entraîner Amélie l'année prochaine. Nous ferons le point une fois cette saison terminée. J'avoue personnellement que j'ai été déçu par ses résultats, son niveau et son comportement sur le court lors de ses derniers matches. Je crois que, là, une coupure est salutaire. Il y a six ans et demi que je l'entraîne, peut-être a-t-elle besoin d'autre chose, peut-être que moi aussi». Ainsi, une relation très complice, presque fraternelle, est donc en train de prendre fin mais l’information doit être prise avec des pincettes. Même si Mauresmo a décidé de cette cassure en règle, cette dernière s’est déjà alignée sur des tournois en solo, sans Courteau à ses côtés. Comme ce fut le cas en février dernier, à l’Open Gaz de France, lorsque le technicien était allé prêté main forte à l’équipe de France de Fed Cup en Chine. Qu’elle soit seule, mal ou bien accompagnée, Mauresmo a toutefois confirmé son intention depoursuivre sa carrière au plus haut niveau au moins encore une saison.

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Mauresmo will attempt to break

According to L'Equipe, Amélie Mauresmo will dispute the end of the season without Loic Courteau, her coach the past six years. A collaborative end is looming on the horizon 2009.

In solo in Asia and Europe
The year 2008 was the year of all challenged to Amélie Mauresmo. Bombarded by injuries, undermined by a morale-mast, the former world No. 1 had indicated earlier this season her desire to gradually take her career if the results were not. These facts are discreet, in fits and starts, but the talent is still there. After a U.S. tour that describes herself "globally positive", was expected to see Mauresmo continue her rebound in the global hierarchy to reinstate the Top 20 (she rose from the 35th to 24th place in two months). The goal is still largely in its scope but it will not Loic Courteau. The few days of rest taken by the French have nurtured her reflection not contest the end of the season in the company of one who is her coach for six long years. Arriving on Thursday contains Asian, Mauresmo is therefore alone, she has also decided to end her collaboration with her personal physiotherapist Michel Franco. The two men will be absent at her side in Japan and China, but also upon her return to Europe, Zurich and Linz.

Not the first time
Courteau seems difficult to digest this radical change but understood if we are to believe his words in the columns of L'Equipe: Actually, I do not know yet if I will continue to lead Amélie next year. We will point once this season ended. I admit that I was personally disappointed by her results, her level and her conduct on the court during its last matches. I think that here, a break is beneficial. There are six and a half years that I lead, perhaps she need something else, perhaps me too. " Thus, a very accomplice, almost fraternal, is taking end, but the information must be taken with tweezers. Although Mauresmo has decided to break this rule, the latter has already aligned with tournaments solo, without Courteau at her side. As was the case last February, at the Open Gaz de France, where the technician had been lent a strong hand the team to France to Fed Cup in China. Whether alone or accompanied evil, Mauresmo has confirmed her intention to continue her career at the highest level at least another season.

Read the last sentence; Amelie's not retiring yet. :cool:

Sep 14th, 2008, 01:23 AM
I think she will play next season.

I just hope to see a totally different Amelie. Right now it is painful to watch. You would think with the lack of success, the absolutely zero amount of pressure; she would just play carefree tennis. But that has never been Amelie's way, regardless of what is going on. She always plays with pressure. Always.

I don't even understand anymore. Before, I did. I always understood why the nerves came, when they came etc etc. Since the beginning of 2007 I have just lost all touch with her; I do not get where she is at mentally. :shrug:

Sep 14th, 2008, 01:25 AM
Momo :hug:
you will be back like true champion you are

Sep 14th, 2008, 03:39 AM
I think she will play next year. But really one has to remember she is now 29. At that age it isn't uncommon that results start to decline a bit. I would be very surprised if she ever returns to the top 10. But returning to the top 20 seems a realistic goal and as long as she is happy playing I see no reason she shouldn't continue. At her age it also probably makes sense to either go it alone without a coach or start afresh with someone new. Loic Courteau has obviously done a magnificent job working with her for so many years but after such a long time there isn't likely to be anything new he can bring to her game. I think often when a player stays with the same coach over five years a lot of it is due to familiarity, loyalty, friendship etc. After so long a coaching-pupil relationship can get blurred. It does seem logical to start afresh although I'm sure they are both still very close.

Sep 14th, 2008, 08:28 AM
if venus williams can remain in the top ten the so can amelia but the thing is the committment has to be there and the game plan has got to change.the game is changing and so then so does she and her game.

Sep 14th, 2008, 08:39 AM
I saw a vid before the USO and she was saying that they discussed it a lot since last year but that they'll try to still work together.The loss against Penetta must have changed things.Amelie was also saying that after her surgery, she came back too soon, all the bad things came one after another and she was lost on court (making the wrong decisions, forgetting how she was supposed to playetc...).She seemed positive back then and hopefull that shit times were behind her.She was also motivated by the fact that there was not a player able to play at a top level consistently (like she did for most of 2006, or Henin did last year)and that things are quite open these days.

I think she'll be find next year (with or without Courteau)

Sep 14th, 2008, 08:43 AM
It's not the end; it's a fresh new start for Amelie. Mark my words, she'll defeat Jankovic in the Australian Open 3rd round next year. I can just feel it. 7-5 6-4, ending with a perfect forehand drop volley. :yeah:

Sep 14th, 2008, 08:43 AM
It's not the end.
It might even be her second wind.

Sep 14th, 2008, 08:47 AM
I certainly hope it's the end.

Sep 14th, 2008, 09:51 AM
I hope that the change will be good for her!

Sep 14th, 2008, 12:11 PM
After getting a headcase like Momo to win 2 Slams and be #1, Low-eek will easily get a top player if he wants. Or one who's "a project" like le PP Francais (Pauline Parmentier). For his sake, I hope he avoids Dr. Bartoli's daughter, as that "parent from hell" won't just STFU and let a real coach do the job.

Sep 14th, 2008, 12:15 PM
He should totally coach Tati now. :D

Sep 14th, 2008, 04:34 PM
if venus williams can remain in the top ten the so can amelia

What...You Can"t put Venus in the same breath as Amelie!JUST STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you people........

Sep 14th, 2008, 04:47 PM
if venus williams can remain in the top ten the so can amelia

What...You Can"t put Venus in the same breath as Amelie!JUST STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you people........


I think they meant age wise i hope any way :shrug:

Sep 14th, 2008, 04:49 PM
Why would this be the end?

If anything, this shows she is trying to make a change and get back to where she used to be......A change like this could really help her.

Sep 15th, 2008, 03:56 AM
I think Momo knows her body better than the stupid posters on this board,she is not yet thirty and still has at least 4yrs of play.What will she do when she retires sit at home and just walk her dog,its not like she is going to birth a baby.Her form will come back this fall and she will do well indoors.I think in 2009 she will be on top of her game.
Aluta continua Momo!!!!!:bounce:

Sep 15th, 2008, 04:04 AM
Courteau always say that the work he does with Amélie in practice doesn't translate during matches, and I'm quite sure it wouldn't suddently translate next year if he works with her. It might be a good thing for Amélie to have a new coach around her IMO.

Sep 15th, 2008, 07:34 AM
He should totally coach Tati now. :D

Yeah, it worked fine in AI last year ;)