“Tennis is like F1”: Serena Williams’ Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Has Top Advice for Young Players

Published 12/22/2020, 11:00 AM EST
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 06: Coach of Serena Williams Patrick Mouratoglou and Corey Gauff applaud during the first round match between Cori Gauff of USA and Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia during day one of the 2020 ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 06, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Tennis often looks very easy to play and comprehend, unlike other major sports. However, the ball-hitting game gets complicated quickly once stood on a tennis court with a racket in your hand. Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of Serena Williams, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Coco Gauff has given a new way to look at tennis.

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The 50 years-old is responsible for 31 singles and four doubles titles of his proteges. Recently, while teaching young players at his academy, the Frenchman passed down some valuable lessons to compete professionally.

“Play at a speed you never crash”: Coach of Serena Williams

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LONDON, ENGLAND – June 29: Cori Gauff of the United States practising watched by Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and father and coach Corey Gauff before the start of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 29, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Drawing an analogy between tennis and Formula 1, the Frenchman urges focus on finding the right speed. Patrick shared the video where two young boys at his academy return from a session, and he gives suggestions. His keyword remained speed and control.

In the video, he also states that hitting the ball is necessary, whereas missing means accidents. The two young boys keenly listen to his advice. Along with sharing the video, Patrick also wrote his ideal tennis on his Twitter account.

“Tennis is like Formula 1. You need to take risks to outpace your opponents, but the moment you make an error, it all becomes worthless. My motto is to play/drive at a speed where you never crash – and then gradually accelerate the pace.”

Serena once found her rhythm penetrates the opponent’s defence wide open and dictated the whole match. Furthermore, she left behind no chance for her competition to return in the game. The 39-year-old American is fit and passionate enough to win more Grand Slam titles and there’s no stopping her from trying.

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 10: Serena Williams of the USA thanks to the crowd after winning her quarterfinal match against Laura Siegemund of Germany during day five of the 2020 Women’s ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 10, 2020, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

There are many who doubt the seven-time Australian Open champion’s fitness level at 39. However, Patrick and Serena often take on unconventional routes to prepare for the demands of a tennis season. From running on racetracks to punching bags with Mike Tyson, the American does everything to compete at the highest level.

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Since 2021 will see a rise of tennis in the Middle East, it has come out as a boon for Mouratoglou. The Frenchman recently opened the ‘Mouratoglou Tennis Centre Jumeriah’ in Dubai.

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Purav Joshi is a 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 500 tennis articles.

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