A Day After His 19-Year-Old Ward’s Australian Open Defeat, Serena Williams’ Ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou Advocates the Need for ‘Obsession’

Published 01/24/2023, 1:32 PM EST

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Serena Williams‘ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou is among the top tennis coaches in the world. After parting ways with the American, he worked full time with Romanian tennis star Simona Halep, while he also undertook the challenge of preparing young guns. One of them who is doing great currently is Danish tennis star Holger Rune.

The 19-year-old shocked everyone when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters last year. He continued his good form in the Australian Open as well. However, he failed to book his slot in the quarterfinal after an epic battle with Andrey Rublev. Later, his coach Mouratoglou came up with a video explaining the importance of passion and obsession.

Patrick Mouratoglou explains the importance of passion


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After his ward Holger Rune lost against Andrey Rublev in the fourth round of the Australian Open, Mouratoglou came up with a video explaining the importance of passion. Earlier, Stefanos Tsitsipas had commented that the excessive passion of Rune might burn him out. Mouratoglou’s video could possibly be a response to Tsitsipas. Here’s what he said.

“I think that without passion, there is no way anyone can do anything great. Passion is obsession. It’s been driven, completely driven by something.”

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Further, he gave the example of legends like Serena and Roger Federer. Relating the same to Holger Rune, his coach jumped to the burnout comment from Stefanos Tsitsipas. He said, “There is always a risk of burnout. On the other hand, it’s sure that if you are not passionate, you’re not going to burnout but you’re not going to be a champion.”

It will be interesting to see if Tsitsipas comes up with a reply to this statement.

Mouratoglou attacks the media for excessively bashing Novak Djokovic


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Apart from being a brilliant coach, Mouratoglou is also a great analyst. He follows sports really well and gives his honest opinion on trending topics. While there was a Grand Slam going on, all media was focusing was on the toilet break that Novak Djokovic took in his first match of the tournament.

Attacking the media for their selection of news stories, the Frenchman said that they are failing to cover the real stories and rather serving irrelevant content.


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Gaurav Verma

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