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Andy Murray could hire female coach

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray confirmed he has talked to female as well as male candidates about becoming his next coach.

Speculation about who will replace Ivan Lendl has grown ever since the pair stopped working together in March.

The latest name to emerge is former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, who was spotted in the stands watching Murray's first-round victory over Andrey Golubev at the French Open.

There was no sign of the Frenchwoman as Murray breezed through his second-round clash with Marinko Matosevic, beating the Australian 6-3 6-1 6-3.

The Scot revealed before the tournament he had identified the person he would like to be his next coach, and that could be a man or a woman.

He said: "I've spoken to a few people, male and female. I've also spoken to a couple of people to get some advice as well, also male and female.

"Not people that are necessarily going to coach me, but people that could advise me on certain people."

Next up, Murray is likely to face a significantly stiffer test against 28th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who won a title on clay in Dusseldorf last week.

The German also won his only previous meeting against Murray 6-2 6-1 on clay in Monte Carlo, albeit four years ago.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal handed Dominic Thiem a clay-court lesson. He was close to his ruthless best in a 6-2 6-2 6-3 victory.

Fourth seed David Ferrer eased into the third round with a 6-2 6-3 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli.

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