Serena Williams’ Coach Shares Inspiring Story of Soccer Great Cristiano Ronaldo on Training Mentality

Published 11/25/2021, 9:00 AM EST
PARIS, FRANCE May 27. Serena Williams of the United States with coach Patrick Mouratoglou while practicing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 27th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou is inarguably one of the most successful coaches in tennis history. What’s more, he frequently shares quite insightful tennis lessons and stories on social media. This time around, Mouratoglou took the example of soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo to illustrate the means to success.

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Sports fans might have wondered for ages: What makes Cristiano Ronaldo better than others? To answer this, Mouratoglou told a story about the Portuguese legend when he was 20. In addition to that, he gave the same advice to his tennis student to become a better athlete.

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Serena Williams’ coach shares illuminating story about Cristiano Ronaldo

Throughout the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is well-known as one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Per Serena Williams’ coach, the reason behind that is “he works harder than anyone else.”

TURIN, ITALY – AUGUST 20: Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at JTC on August 20, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

To explain, Patrick told his student at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy a story Ronaldo’s fellow players told him. “We start practice at ten; we arrive, the guy’s [Ronaldo] here since nine every morning,” Mouratoglou began.

“He’s doing many more exercises that are for him then he practices with everyone else, then he stays after everybody leaves, he stays.”

So, what does he do after staying? Mouratoglou revealed. “It was in Manchester; he was 20. There were six soccer fields, one next to each other, and he was taking the ball and going right left with the ball on all six soccer fields one after the other.”

“Back and forth. Six times. After practice, every day, alone. It’s amazing,” Serena’s coach said.

PARIS, FRANCE May 29. Serena Williams of the United States practicing with coach Patrick Mouratoglou while training on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 29th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Similarly, Mouratoglou advised his student to sprint after every out ball, chase every drop shot. Moreover, he asked him to give his 100% in practice to get ready for the next level in tennis.

“The idea is to take every occasion you have. One extra sprint makes you faster,” the French coach concluded.

Who does Patrick coach tennis besides Serena?

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On the tennis tour, Patrick mentors Greek World No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas and American youngster Coco Gauff. Moreover, he is always one step ahead in explaining the mechanics of tennis behind the great talents on tour.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 21: Serena Williams of the United States appears to have an injured hand during her practice session with her coach Patrick Moratoglou before the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

What’s next for Patrick is, he will travel with Serena at the Australian Open 2022. Besides, he is as excited for her 24th Grand Slam as any person in the tennis community. Let’s see if he can push her to the long-awaited glory in 2022 or not.

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Do you think Serena and Patrick will lift the Australian Open next year?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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