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Andy Murray's "complex" personality caused difficulties for his former coach, Amelie Mauresmo.
The 2016 Wimbledon champion's two-year tenure as Murray's chief coach came to end earlier this month.
Mauresmo's decision to reduce her time with the Murray camp, following the birth of her son, was cited as the main reason behind her professional split from the Scot.
However, in an interview with l'Equipe, the 36-year-old indicated that Murray's tendencies, including on-court outbursts directed at his team, were also important factors.
"Andy is complex," said the Frenchwoman. "On the court, he can be the opposite of what he is in life. It can be confusing.
"I was there to help (but) I had the feeling that I could not get things done.
"I had the impression that we got to the end of what could be done professionally. It was concluded that it would be difficult to continue.
"I just reduced my number of weeks of attendance since the last Australian Open, and we actually spent little time together.
"It turns out that it was a difficult time for him. I could not help him. But this decision was initiated some time ago."
Former assistant coach Jamie Delgado has taken over the main role in the Murray camp following Mauresmo’s departure, and Murray has said that he is in no particular rush to bring in a direct replacement for the former world number one.