Amelie Mauresmo shatters the glass ceiling again

Amelie Mauresmo became the first woman to take over as the French Open tournament director

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Amelie Mauresmo became the first woman to take over as the French Open tournament director

Amelie Mauresmo has been appointed as the director of the French Open, becoming the first woman to lead the Roland Garros tournament.

According to the French tennis federation (FFT), the 42-year-old will succeed Guy Forget, who stepped down from the role on Tuesday with his contract expiring at the end of the year.

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“I am very proud to join the Roland-Garros team. I have accepted the position of Tournament Director with clear ambitions,” Mauresmo said.

“I will carry them out with the same high standards, freedom and passion that have always driven me.”

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Former World No 1 and two-time singles Grand Slam champion Mauresmo had earlier shattered the glass ceiling when she became the first woman to coach a top-5 men’s player.

Mauresmo had challenged the male coaching hierarchy as she worked with Andy Murray from 2014 to 2016, when he was still part of the men’s tennis elite.

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She also worked with talented Frenchman Lucas Pouille and women’s Grand Slam champions Marion Bartoli and Victoria Azarenka.

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