“She Brings Ideas”: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Praises Serena Williams for Setting Goals

Published 03/17/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
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)


Twenty-three-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams is one of the great ambassadors of the game. Over the years, the American starlet has displayed top-quality tennis, which has exceeded that of her rivals. The consistency she has maintained after all these years shows her desire to achieve further greatness. 

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Recently, Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou spoke about the importance of a player setting particular goals while stepping on the tennis courts for practice. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou during a practice session REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Patrick Mouratoglou: “Important for players to know where they are going”

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During his conversation, Patrick praised Serena for taking an active interest in their training sessions. Along with being open to Patrick’s ideas, the American player shares her ideas too.

The 50-year-old coach said, “I think it’s extremely important for the players to know where they are going to go… When you talk to them about what they are going to do and how they already start to figure it out… And they start to process it. They’re already in the mood for it. By involving them in the discussion, makes it even more exciting for them.”

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)

Mouratoglou: “I go through the plan for Serena Williams with goals”

Mouratoglou highlighted the importance of setting objectives in order to improve on the weaknesses in one’s game. He admires Serena for her active involvement in these discussions and credited her success to this attitude she carries.

The 50-year-old further stated, “For example, with Serena, we do it every year. I go through the plan for her with goals… She brings ideas and I love when she does. It shows how involved she is… I believe before every practice session, it is important to sit down for five minutes and discuss ‘this is where we need to go and this is what we need to achieve. This is why we’re going to do that.'”

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Patrick’s presence on Serena’s team helped revive her career. After including the Frenchman, the 39-year-old player won ten Grand Slam titles across all four events. He guided her to an Olympic Gold Medal and even helped her earn the number one ranking.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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