Patrick Mouratoglou Reveals Serena Williams is Not as Obsessed With 24th Grand Slam as Others

Published 02/14/2021, 11:31 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Despite having won the most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, tennis fans are still obsessed about Serena Williams winning her 24th Grand Slam before handing her the GOAT tag.

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Over the last 3 years, Williams has been in four Grand Slam finals but has lost on each occasion in straight sets. With Williams having reached the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2021 Australian Open, she finds herself just three matches away from the elusive 24th Grand Slam title.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Serena Williams’ coach spills the beans

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Recently, during an interview, Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou was asked whether his pupil could finally win her 24th Grand Slam title and equal Margaret Court’s record.

Mouratoglou talked about Williams not needing any further validation of her greatness status and revealed that the tennis star is not as obsessed with the 24th Grand Slam title as many others.

However, Mouratoglou admitted Williams certainly wants to reach the coveted number and that has been the sole aim of her return.

“Does Serena need that validation [24th GS]? I don’t think so (…) She’s not as obsessed with the 24 than most of the people in tennis, but definitely she wants to win. That’s the only reason why she cameback,” said Mouratoglou.

Williams’ coach mentioned tennis was an amateurish sport before the Open Era and considers it unfair to compare it with the taxing demands of the professional game it is now.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“There is tennis before the Open Era and tennis after the Open Era. We all know it’s two different sports. It’s an amateur sport and a professional sport. Doesn’t make really sense to compare,” added Mouratoglou.

With Williams about to touch 40 this year, time is running out for her to lay all external expectations to rest. However, Williams’ longevity and dominance over the last 2 decades have been nothing short of phenomenal.

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Will Williams be able to win her 24th Grand Slam crown at the 2021 Australian Open?

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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