Known for His Controversial Takes, Serena Williams’ Long-Time Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Slams ‘Banal’ and ‘Toxic’ Novak Djokovic Coverage – ‘Toilet Breaks Says a Lot…’

Published 01/18/2023, 7:00 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 12, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during his second round match against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic was swift in his campaign opener yesterday. The 35-year-old returned from deportation controversy and won his first match in straight sets. However, it seems like whatever he does is under extreme focus and even the slightest bit of happenings with Djokovic turn into controversies now.

In his yesterday’s win, it happened again. Djokovic rushed for a toiled break without proper communication with the umpire. Although he returned within the stipulated time and earned no penalty, it still became a talking point. Later, Serena Williams‘ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou also reacted to the same. Here’s what happened.

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Serena Williams’ former coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was not happy with the excessive media coverage surrounding Novak Djokovic’s toilet break. Earlier, the 21-time Grand Slam champion rushed to a toiled break as per report from Eurosport without proper communication with the umpire during his first match at the Australian Open 2023.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 16: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou watches Serena Williams of the United States practice during day nine of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 16, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images)

While there was no issue after he returned on time, the Frenchman believes there are better things the media can cover. Here’s what he said,

“To make such a big stories about those toilet breaks says a lot about how much we lack real stories in our sport.”

The Frenchmen’s opinion on Twitter received mixed reactions from the fans. Here’s how they reacted.


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While most of the fans agreed with Mouratoglou, a few believed that the incident rightly got the media’s attention. As the laws regarding breaks are not very clear and Djokovic is a top player. Especially after his visa controversy that forced him to sit out the 2022 Australian Open, everything the Serb does is being sensationalized. On the other hand, a few were not happy with clickbait journalism.


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A few Djokovic fans also called it agenda-based coverage. Everything Djokovic does is always looked at differently and little things turn into controversies because of the media hype.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

Edited By: Tony Thomas