PARIS (AP) — Amelie Mauresmo has stepped down as France’s Fed Cup captain as she is expecting her second child.
France's Fed Cup team coach Amelie Mauresmo (L) cheers her player Kristina Mladenovic, on November 12, 2016 in Strasbourg, eastern France, during the Fed Cup final tennis match between France's Kristina Mladenovic and Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova. / AFP / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
Former top-ranked Mauresmo made the unexpected announcement on Monday – a day after France lost 3-2 in the Fed Cup final to defending champion Czech Republic.
Mauresmo, who took over as Fed Cup captain in 2013 and also coached top-ranked Andy Murray, says her pregnancy won’t allow her to captain France during the 2017 campaign. Her baby is due in April.
The two-time Grand Slam champion said she did not let players know about her decision before Monday because she wanted “the girls to be 100 percent focused on the final.”
Under Mauresmo, France won six out of nine Fed Cup ties.
Mauresmo ended her working relationship with Murray in May.