“Her Body Isn’t Ready” – Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Echoes Sympathy for Serena Williams

Published 08/25/2021, 10:31 AM EDT
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


In a stunning development, Serena Williams became the latest player to withdraw from the upcoming US Open. Although she has stayed away from the court since Wimbledon, she cited the need for more rest as the reason for missing the final Grand Slam of the year.

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After the 23-time Grand Slam champion shared the update, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou also shared one regarding her situation.

Patrick Mouratoglou shares an update after Serena Williams withdraws from the US Open

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During her first round match at Wimbledon earlier this year, Williams suffered a painful hamstring injury. With the opening set tied at 3-3, the American withdrew from the match since she could no longer compete.

She subsequently backed out from the Tokyo Olympics and the hard court tournaments prior to the US Open. However, the 39-year-old withdrew from the iconic tournament despite directing her focus towards regaining fitness for the tournament.

Taking to social media, Mouratoglou mentioned that Williams‘ complete focus was getting ready for Flushing Meadows. However, he concluded by saying her body wasn’t ready to cope with the gruelling challenge.

He wroteSince she had to pull out from Wimbledon, @serenawilliams has been fully committed to her recovery and we’ve done everything we could so that she could compete at the @usopen. But her body isn’t ready. It is heartbreaking, but this is the only possible decision.”

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Mouratoglou comments on Serena’s update on Instagram

Williams announced her withdrawal from the US Open via a post on Instagram. While she received several comments, Mouratoglou featured among them as well.

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After putting a sad emoticon, the 51-year-old wrote a simple comment, which read“You have tried everything.”

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)

While Williams misses out, Mouratoglou still has pupils competing in the US Open. Along with rising teenage star Coco Gauff, the Frenchman also coaches men’s World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is looking to clinch his maiden title in Flushing Meadows.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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