“Tell Francesca Schiavone To Say It Louder”: Patrick Mouratoglou Calls Out Critics of Serena Williams

Published 05/21/2021, 8:56 AM EDT
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 at Wimbledon on June 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


In the women’s game, Serena Williams has proven to be a huge asset. Her hunger and desire to compete for the greatest honors in the sport are still at an all-time high. The 39-year-old player has enjoyed success during the various phases of her career. 

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Recently, Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou decided he wanted to silence Serena’s critics who had reared since her results in the past few tournaments have been well below her standards. He felt Serena deserved respect after all that she has done and when people write her off, that’s when she manages to produce her best tennis. 

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 stated, “That’s a good summary of the career of Serena. First of all, when people tell her ‘she can’t’, it gives her extra motivation, so please tell Francesca Schiavone to say it louder so I can make sure Serena can hear it!”

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Serena Williams’ weapon is her inner belief

The Frenchman’s sarcastic comment was a response to retired Italian tennis player Francesco Schiavone’s recent remarks on whether Serena could win the French Open this year. Schiavone had said, “Can Serena do it? On the clay? If I have to say something, I say no. But every time I say no something happens.”

Over the years, Williams has done extraordinary things. Her greatest strength is her self-belief and due to that attitude, she has been successful throughout her career. 

The 50-year-old coach further added, “Secondly, she’s been able to do things in her career that were in theory not possible because she has this belief that she can achieve anything and that’s such a big strength.”

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Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Moving on to Serena’s current season, she competed at the Australian Open but fell short in the semifinal against eventual champion Naomi Osaka. After that, she featured after a long break in Rome. In the Italian capital, she lost in the opening round. She later decided to compete in the Parma Challenger but lost in the second match.

Her form on clay has not been satisfactory this season. However, she has all the experience and knows how to bounce back from such situations. All eyes will be on her when she steps onto the courts at Roland Garros

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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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