Nick Matthew column: It will be smashing to be a spectator on Centre Court

Andy Murray and his new coach Amelie Mauresmo.
Andy Murray and his new coach Amelie Mauresmo.
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My wife Esme and I will be rubbing shoulders with some famous faces this weekend.

It will be a great honour and treat for us to sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court at Wimbleon. Laura Massaro, the reigning female squash world champion, is also attending the middle Saturday of the championships so it is great recognition for our sport.

We received our invites from the All England Lawn Tennis Club a couple of weeks ago. I’m sure we might feel a little nervous on the day sitting near other sportsmen, politicians, royals and celebrities.

Esme was initially worried about what hat she was going to wear but she’s been told she’s not allowed to wear one because it might obscure the view of the person who is sitting behind her. She is heavily pregnant so she’s had to get a smart maternity dress for the occasion.

I think the last time I was on Centre Court was 10 years ago and I saw Lleyton Hewitt play.

My favourite tennis player nowadays is Novak Djokovic. He is an incredible athlete. Sometimes he looks down and out in a match but he digs into his reserves and finds a way to get the job done. I would love to see him or Rafael Nadal close up.

I am a fan of all sports and I’m good friends with Sheffield-based tennis player Jonny Marray. I remember when he won the men’s doubles title at Wimbledon in 2012 with Frederik Nielsen. Esme and I had just moved into our house. We had not finished unpacking all our stuff and we were glued to the television, which was on top of a pile of boxes!

*I was surprised British number one and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray appointed Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach earlier this month. It will be interesting to see how it works out.

David Pearson has been my coach for 15 years but if I had to appoint a new coach, I would automatically think, on the back of Murray’s decision, that I would not rule anybody out because of their age or gender.

I was probably narrow minded before and I would not instantly think of bringing in a female coach. But there is absolutely no reason why a female coach can’t be as good as a male one.

Murray should be applauded for appointing Mauresmo. He’s not done it to make a statement. He has chosen her because he feels that she is the right person for the job. Only time will tell if he is right.