“Concern Is Less the Court and More the Shoes”: Serena Williams’ Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Proposes Solution to Avoid Falling at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/02/2021, 3:57 PM EDT
Serena Williams with coach Patrick Mouratoglou as they head to training before the start of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

One of the talking points at this year’s Wimbledon Championships is the number of player falls on all the court. Starting with Djokovic, every player would have slipped on the court one time or the other. Amongst the people who considered the grass to be risky was Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of Serena Williams.


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ASB TENNIS CENTER, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – 2016/12/30: Tennis super star Serena Williams with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou during a training session at ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. She is scheduled to play at the ASB Classic tennis tournament starts on Monday 2 Jan. (Photo by Shirley Kwok/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Patrick Mouratoglou shares his concern towards the slippery nature of Wimbledon grass

On a day when the Center Court crowd witnessed a nasty fall from the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino during his first-round match against Roger Federer, 23-time grand slam champion also met with the same fate moments later when she fell on-court and suffered a foot injury.

Even though the American called on the trainer and had treatment, she couldn’t continue and eventually retired from the match. Two shock retirements in a single day erupted a lot of tennis fans to question the organizers at Wimbledon regarding the grass.

Talking about the same, coach Patrick Mouratoglou raised a valid point with respect to the shoes allowed for players by Wimbledon.

The real concern is less the court and more the shoes. Let me describe you a tennis shoe made for grass. It’s full of pimples. Without those, playing tennis would be like ice skating and straddling when you want to run”, explained the French coach.

Mouratoglou continued, “You have to know that most of the falls on grass are due to a side support. When the players change direction, their reflex is to push the inside of the foot. That was clearly the motion in falls of Mannarino and Djokovic”. 

“Serena’s slip was on the bottom of her foot” – Mouratoglou

It was a valid point raised by Patrick as a lot of player falls happened during the direction change. However, the coach of Serena Williams was quick to point out the injury faced by her was a different one.


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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou watches as Serena Williams of the United States practices on court during training for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

If you don’t have pimples there, the foot is giving way and here comes the split. That’s a reflex you can’t help it. I really think a serious discussion must start on this topic with reconsideration for the player’s health. Serena’s slip was on the bottom of her foot, let’s be clear”, concluded the Frenchman.

Despite the unfortunate retirement of Serena, there weren’t any severe injuries faced by players on-court after slipping. But, few players like Nick Kyrgios and Michael Ymer got lucky as they escaped without any serious injuries after falling during their respective matches.


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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.



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