WATCH: Serena Williams Masters the Art of Clay Court Slide Under Patrick Mouratoglou’s Supervision

Published 05/10/2021, 10:17 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)


Over the past couple of decades, tennis ace Serena Williams has mesmerized tennis fans from all over the world. The hunger and desire in her to compete for the biggest prizes in the sport still remain high. At the age of 39 years, she is giving the young guns a run for their money.

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Recently, Williams was training with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou on the clay courts in Rome. She was practicing the ‘slide’ as it is a mandatory follow-through movement when players execute their shots while playing on the clay courts.

Considering the American star is a four-time champion in Rome and a three-time winner at the French Open, it shouldn’t take long before she masters the art of the slide.

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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

Serena Williams enhances her clay-court skills

In the clip, Serena is seen running from one side (backhand) of the court towards the other (forehand). Midway through the video, she performs the same drill, but this time with the racquet striking the ball.

Mouratoglou and Williams have enjoyed tremendous success on Tour. Together, they have won 10 Grand Slam titles on Tour as a team. Besides coaching Serena, he has his academy set up in France and Dubai. Upcoming talents like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff are currently training under him.

Moving on to Williams’ tennis this season, she featured in the Australian Open and ended her hopes of lifting her much-awaited 24th Grand Slam title. She lost to eventual champion Naomi Osaka in the semifinal.

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

Since then, she has not featured in any event and is resuming her season on the clay courts in Rome. Following that, she is scheduled to play at the second Grand Slam event of the season, the French Open.

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Last year, she had to pull out of the French Open due to an Achilles’ heel injury. Therefore, she will look to have a more successful run at this year’s events on the clay courts.

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Rohan Kollare

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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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