Tennis player’s response to question about female coach sends important message about equality

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Tennis player’s response to question about female coach sends important message about equality

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A top French tennis player’s response to a question about the hiring of female tennis coaches prompted an enormous cheer from the crowd at the Australian Open.

Lucas Pouille — who will play Novak Djokovic on Friday at his first grand slam semi-final — was asked a question by John McEnroe about his coach.  

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McEnroe interviewed Pouille immediately after he defeated Milos Raonic in the quarter-final. He referred to Pouille’s decision to hire former tennis player Amelie Mauresmo, a former world number one. 

McEnroe said: “I’m getting the feeling that a lot of these guy players are going to be hiring female coaches now.” 

24-year-old Pouille replied saying: “They should. She has the right mindset, she knows everything about tennis. It’s not about being a woman or a man, you just have to know what you’re doing and she does.”

The crowd erupted into applause as Pouille said these words. Well said.

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