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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

'It’s not about being a woman or a man'


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“It’s not about being a woman or a man, you just have to know what you’re doing,” Lucas Pouille said in reverence of his coach, two-time grand slam champion Amelie Maursemo, after he dispatched Canadian favourite Milos Raonic in four sets.

It’s a sentiment that’s widely agreed upon yet rarely upheld in world sport. Pouille is the only male player currently in the top 100 to have a female coach outside his immediate family, and the results are an even better advocate than the words of the French 28th seed.

A maiden run into the semi-finals of the Australian Open off the back of some commendable tennis in the Hopman Cup, Pouille, like few ahead of him are ushering in a new era of understanding in world sport.

Lucas Pouille

That partnership culminated in the Frenchman’s first foray into a grand slam semi-final after he outclassed big-serving juggernaut Raonic 7-6 6-3 6-7 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon.

“She has the right state of mind she knows everything about tennis,” an awe-filled Pouille told John McEnroe of his time with Mauresmo following his victory.

“It’s not about being a woman or a man, it doesn’t matter – you just have to know what you’re doing.”

Lucas Pouille celebrates coach Amelie Mauresmo

That invited a mighty roar from the capacity crowd at Rod Laver Arena who gave a united voice of approval to the 24-year-old’s decision to shun outdated binary notions.

Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge doubled down on Pouille’s sentiment and celebrated the advancements Mauresmo has brought to the former world No. 10’s game.

“She’s got into his head somehow, I don’t know what they’re talking about, but she’s starting to make him believe,” Woodbridge told Channel Nine.

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“And there was belief there this afternoon in that last game, it was a brutal game where he made some great returns, turned it around and got it into his favour.

“So that’s the difference when you bring on a great champion into your coaching stables if you trust and believe in them, and it seems like he’s trusting Amelie with the messages she’s delivering.”

Pouille will face the winner of Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori in the Australian Open semi-final on Friday night.

“It’s not about being a woman or a man, you just have to know what you’re doing,” Lucas Pouille said in reverence of his coach, two-time grand slam champion Amelie Maursemo, after he dispatched Canadian favourite Milos Raonic in four sets.

It’s a sentiment that’s widely agreed upon yet rarely upheld in world sport. Pouille is the only male player currently in the top 100 to have a female coach outside his immediate family, and the results are an even better advocate than the words of the French 28th seed.

A maiden run into the semi-finals of the Australian Open off the back of some commendable tennis in the Hopman Cup, Pouille, like few ahead of him are ushering in a new era of understanding in world sport.

Lucas Pouille

That partnership culminated in the Frenchman’s first foray into a grand slam semi-final after he outclassed big-serving juggernaut Raonic 7-6 6-3 6-7 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon.

“She has the right state of mind she knows everything about tennis,” an awe-filled Pouille told John McEnroe of his time with Mauresmo following his victory.

“It’s not about being a woman or a man, it doesn’t matter – you just have to know what you’re doing.”

Lucas Pouille celebrates coach Amelie Mauresmo

That invited a mighty roar from the capacity crowd at Rod Laver Arena who gave a united voice of approval to the 24-year-old’s decision to shun outdated binary notions.

Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge doubled down on Pouille’s sentiment and celebrated the advancements Mauresmo has brought to the former world No. 10’s game.

“She’s got into his head somehow, I don’t know what they’re talking about, but she’s starting to make him believe,” Woodbridge told Channel Nine.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1087980589242826752

“And there was belief there this afternoon in that last game, it was a brutal game where he made some great returns, turned it around and got it into his favour.

“So that’s the difference when you bring on a great champion into your coaching stables if you trust and believe in them, and it seems like he’s trusting Amelie with the messages she’s delivering.”

Pouille will face the winner of Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori in the Australian Open semi-final on Friday night.

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