Marcel du Coudray is the ex-professional Mauritian tennis player who is hoping his protégé Nikolay Davydenko will defeat Andy Murray today in what will be the British hopeful’s first match at Wimbledon 2012. Du Coudray has been coaching the 31-year-old player – formerly the world number 3 – after the pair met at a tournament in Poland several years ago. The match against Scottish champion Murray will be tough for Davydenko, who has never got further than the 4th round at Wimbledon. In addition, the draw has put Edinburgh resident Du Coudray in an awkward position as he holds a prominent position at the Scottish Tennis Academy – but has pledged his full support to the Russian hopeful.
Du Coudray had a successful career in tennis, representing his native Mauritius several times at the Davis Cup. Tennis is a popular sport in Mauritius and the beautiful island has produced successful players such as Kamil Patel and Marine Giraud. Mauritius is yet to have one of its players win Wimbledon – though the UK has not fared much better. Despite hosting the prestigious competition (and inventing the game) the UK has not produced a winner since 1977 when Virginia Wade took the trophy. Perhaps 2012 will be the year for Murray, providing Du Coudray’s player doesn’t knock him out in the first round!