“Even Serena Williams Felt”: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Details How Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Motivates His Pupils

Published 05/09/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
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)


Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou has established himself as one of the most successful tennis coaches. The Frenchman even runs a tennis academy, The Mouratoglou Academy, that produces one of the finest tennis players across the world. Apart from coaching Williams, Patrick is also currently coaching World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and rising star Coco Gauff.

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In a recent interview, Russian tennis star Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova talked extensively about her former coach Patrick Mouratoglou. She worked with the French coach from 2007 to 2009 and joined his academy in 2006. She mentioned that Patrick is a PR man and he promotes his academy really well.

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 Wimbledon on June 28, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

“The fact that he is a PR man is a fact, I think, and very competent: he promoted himself and his brand very well. But you need to understand that he has people who do this professionally. He just likes this public role,” said Anastasia in the interview.

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Anastasia revealed how was her first experience at the Mouratoglou Academy and even highlighted that Patrick is a great motivator.

“When I first came to his academy in 2006, he coached Marcos Baghdatis, who played the Australian Open final that season, lost to Federer. So he already established himself as a coach, even when he started working with me. He’s an awesome motivator. he always found some clues, he knew how to entertain and how to create an atmosphere in the team – it was really cool,” added the Russian player.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova discloses her experience of working with Patrick Mouratoglou

World No.41 Pavlyuchenkova emphasized that Mouratoglou very well knew how to create a good environment around his players. She recalled that she felt really great when they both used to just sit and watch some funny videos together. The Russian also stated that Serena Williams also started playing more tournaments after Patrick started coaching him.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia celebrates after winning her fourth-round match against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day eight of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Monday, January 27, 2020. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY ** STRICTLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE, NO BOOKS **

“Sometimes we sat with him, he turned on some videos on the computer, and we just laughed to tears. That is, he created the atmosphere, and this is a huge plus for the coach. Many people know the technique. the basics, but how to create an environment in which the player is comfortable playing is very valuable, and he has it. I even heard that Serena began playing more tournaments with Patrick than before him – it turns out, even she felt,” concluded Pavlyuchenkova.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova performed really well at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. She managed to reach the semis of the tournament where she lost to Aryna Sabalenka who ultimately won the tournament.

Even though Pavlyuchenkova is no longer coached by Mouratoglou, she often trains herself at his academy. She’ll now play at the Italian Open 2021 where she’ll face Garbina Muguruza in the first round. Will the Russian be able to succeed in Rome this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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