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‘He’s Lucky to be There’- Ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s Contribution to Serena Williams’ Career Exposed by Former Tennis Player in 2013

Published 02/02/2023, 8:30 AM EST

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Former American tennis star Serena Williams has worked with different coaches over her 27-year-long career. She started learning the basics from her father. Later, she got into Rick Macci’s academy in her early days as a tennis player. There’s one more important name who shaped her as a player. It’s the name of French tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

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A popular coach who has worked with many star players, Mouratoglou got great results with Serena as well. However, many in the tennis community believe that Serena could have achieved it without the Frenchman’s help. One such player who believed Serena needed next to no help from Mouratoglou was Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. Here’s what he said.

Marcos Baghdatis on Mouratoglou’s role in Serena Williams’ success


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Serena Williams had a great tenure with the French tennis coach. Her 10 out of 23 Grand Slam titles came under the guidance of Mouratoglou. However, former tennis player from Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis believed it was all the hard work of Serena and Mouratoglou had little to do with it. As per USA Today, back in 2013, Baghdatis said, “I don’t think it changed too much in her game. I think she’s a great player, and he’s lucky to be there.”

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Baghdatis also was a former student of Mouratoglou. However, things didn’t work out well between them and he broke the ties soon.


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Serena and Mouratoglou split up before her retirement, and the Frenchman joined Simona Halep later. The reason for the split between Mouratoglou and Serena is still unclear.

Mouratoglou pointed out Seren’s lack of focus on tennis in the latter half of her career


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While the reason for their split is still unclear, the Frenchman made a massive comment about the 41-year-old. Speaking about Serena’s retirement decision, the French tennis coach said that he would have liked Serena to continue, as she is an exceptional player.

However, speaking of Serena’s recent failures, Mouratoglou pointed out her diverse interests, including her business ventures, which, according to him, was the reason for her failing focus on tennis.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale