Marinko Matosevic could never be coached by a woman
Australia’s Matosevic beat 2012 Aegon Championships winner Marin Cilic in the first round of the 2014 event 6-4 6-4 on Tuesday.
Cilic also made last year’s final at Queen’s Club, only to lose to Scotsman Andy Murray.
And when quizzed about Murray’s decision to appoint Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach, Matosevic said it was not something he would ever consider.
“Apparently there’s a few guys in the top 100 who are coached by women,” Matosevic told reporters.
“(Mikhail) Kukushkin is coached by his wife, Denis Istomin by his mum, and she’s done a great job with him.
“For me, I couldn’t do it, since I don’t think that highly of the women’s game.
“But Andy’s mum coached him and she did a great job with him, so we’ll see what happens.
“It’s all equal rights these days, you’ve got to be politically correct. So someone’s got to give it a go ” it won’t be me.”
Kukushkin ” who lost in straight sets to Radek Stepanek on Tuesday ” said gender was not an issue in determining if someone was a good coach or not.
And the Kazakh predicts women coaches will become more common on the ATP Tour in the future.
“I see a lot of players and coaches, and I see some coaches on tour who do almost nothing on tour,” he said.
“It’s not so important if it’s a man or a woman, what’s important for me is really working hard to build together.
“My coach, my wife, she really knows my game and how to improve that. It’s a relationship that’s really good for me.
“It’s not important if it’s a man or a woman. It’s a tough relationship at times, because she has to push me, she can’t be soft on me.
“But for me it’s really working good.
“Very few players have a female coach – but for me there’s no difference between a man and a woman and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more women coaching men in the future.”
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