Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Reveals Serena Williams Schedule Ahead of French Open 2021

Published 04/23/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
ASB TENNIS CENTER, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – 2016/12/30: Tennis super star Serena Williams with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou during a training session at ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. She is scheduled to play at the ASB Classic tennis tournament starts on Monday 2 Jan. (Photo by Shirley Kwok/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)


Recently, Serena Williams was training on a clay court with former ATP star Pere Riba and fellow countrywoman Varvara Lepchenko. However, at that time, there was no indication of where she might be participating. Now, Patrick Mouratoglou, her coach, has indicated that the American might play at the Italian Open 2021 in two weeks.

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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)

Coach indicates Serena Williams might play Italian Open 2021

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In an interview with L’Equipe, the French coach revealed that Serena would soon come to his academy in France. He added that her aim in coming there is to prepare for her clay-court campaign in May.

Besides the 39-year-old, most top players are competing in lead-up tournaments to the French Open 2021. Thus, Patrick expects Serena to play the Italian Open 2021 before moving to Roland Garros.

Serena Williams will not play at the Mutua Madrid Open, starting on 30 April. She has withdrawn from the tournament due to personal reasons.

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Therefore, it becomes vital for the 23-time Grand Slam winner to participate in at least one competitive tournament before Paris. The WTA 1000 Italian Open will give her a correct understanding of her preparations.

The last time Serena played on clay was at the 2020 French Open, where she pulled out from her second-round match citing an Achilles injury. Similarly, the American last played in Rome in 2019, where she withdrew in the middle of the tournament due to pain in her left knee.

Williams, who is eyeing her 24 Grand Slam title, is looking confident this year. If she maintains her top fitness level, she will undoubtedly be a favorite in every tournament.

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Serena’s 2021 season so far

Serena started her 2021 season impeccably, delivering some classic dominating performances in WTA 500 Melbourne. Unfortunately, she had to pull out from the semifinal match against Ashleigh Barty because of a right shoulder injury.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Afterward, the 39-year-old Williams carried formidable steam throughout the Australian Open 2021. However, she met her foe, Japanese Naomi Osaka, in the semifinal and lost to her in straight sets.

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Since then, the four-time Olympic Gold medallist has not returned to the tennis court. Hopefully, Patrick’s expectations will turn to reality, and fans will soon see her in Rome.

WTA 1000 Italian Open will run from May 9 to 16, 2021. Also, after a week’s postponement, the French Open will begin on May 30, 2021.

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