Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Shares ‘Impossible’ Story of Serena Williams Winning the French Open

Published 09/19/2021, 11:04 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE May 27. Serena Williams of the United States with coach Patrick Mouratoglou while practicing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 27th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Any sport is as mental as it is physical; a lot of the battles are won or lost in the heads of the competitors. Accordingly, every player also has a unique way to deal with the challenges that arise. But as per Coach Patrick Mouratoglou, there is a mental aspect that makes tennis champions what they are. For this, he gave the examples of Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic. 

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The French coach shared a story of how Serena once won Roland-Garros. Although the challenge seemed impossible to overcome, the American legend did it with her head.

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In an Instagram video, Patrick said, “They change the reality. They twist the reality to look like what they want and to become what they want. That is what they do.”

Serena Williams of The United States celebrates victory during her ladies singles first round match against Kurumi Nara of Japan during Day five of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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How Serena Williams mind-blowingly won the French Open

To begin with, Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou exampled the mindset of champions. Hence, he used the name Novak Djokovic as an example.

“The greatest champions have their reality. Imagine Novak enters here, and he sees the room. And he doesn’t see the same things as you and me. He sees that this chair is red.” 

“Is it red?” Patrick asked. “No,” answered the voice behind the camera. “But it is red. He sees it red. It is red,” Patrick continued. “The thing is, when you turn back, it has become red. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s what they do.”

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 08: Serena Williams of United States of America lifts the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen next to Maria Sharapova of Russia after victory in the Women’s Singles Final match during day fourteen of French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Following that, he revealed how Serena once lifted the French Open title down with 40 degrees fever. Inspiring as it is, it is also one of the greatest tennis stories told. “Serena won Roland-Garros with 40 degrees fever,” Patrick said. “She couldn’t get out of her bed. She didn’t get out of bed the whole tournament, only to enter the car, go to tennis.”

“No warm-ups possible, no practise the whole tournament. Go to the court, play the match. Come back, bed. The whole tournament like that. You have no idea, she couldn’t walk.”

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“But there was no way she wouldn’t win. No way she would ‘die.’ She made it. Impossible,” the coach concluded.

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That is why despite winning 23 Grand Slam titles, Serena is still chasing her 24th. Hopefully, Serena will add one more feather to her cap and get one more incredible story to tell.

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Purav Joshi

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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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