“Helping People Grow”: Serena Williams’ Coach Mouratoglou Explains What Leadership Means to Him

Published 11/26/2021, 5:30 PM EST
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)


Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou has had an incredible journey as a tennis coach. Even though he was never a professional player in his career, today he is one of the most successful coaches around. Patrick Mouratoglou has been working with Serena Williams for nine years. Apart from the 23-time Grand Slam winner, he also coaches World No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas and rising star, Coco Gauff.

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Recently, the French coach talked about what leadership means to him.

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Serena Williams’ coach gives his views on leadership

In a recent interview, Serena’s coach, Mouratoglou, was asked what is leadership for him. The French coach highlighted that it simply means how one can inspire other people.

Serena Williams of the United States practicing with coach Patrick Mouratoglou while training on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 29th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

“Leadership means first, inspiring people. They have to want to follow you. You don’t force people to follow you. So, leadership is mostly about creating this environment in which people are first influenced in a positive way,” said Mouratoglou.

He even mentioned that the people should have confidence in their leader. According to him, the leader also has the responsibility of assuring his people that they all will be benefitted at the end. Patrick mentioned that it must be a symbiotic relationship, where all parties are learning from each other and mutually benefitting.

“They feel that being with you is gonna put them in a good space, help them achieve what they wanna achieve,” added the 51-year-old.

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“Leadership is helping people grow”- Patrick Mouratoglou

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In the same interview, Mouratoglou revealed that leadership is all about helping, inspiring, and taking care of people. He believes that once people find their right leader, they both can achieve great heights.

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou watches Serena Williams of the United States practice during day nine of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 16, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images)

“So, leadership is helping people grow, inspiring them, and caring for them. If people feel that you care, that you inspire them, and you’re going to help them, then they are with you 100%. When they are with you 100%, then you build something together,” concluded the French coach.

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Patrick Mouratoglou’s main target right now will be to prepare Serena Williams for the Australian Open 2022. Will he be able to help the tennis queen win her 24th Grand Slam title before she bids goodbye to the sport?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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