‘Didn’t Try to Change My Game’: Serena Williams Details the Significance Behind Working With Patrick Mouratoglou

Published 02/12/2021, 11:30 AM 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 displayed her dominance at the Rod Laver Arena to march into the fourth round at Australian Open 2021. Post the victory, the former World No. 1 detailed why her relationship with coach Patrick Mouratoglou is giving positive results. 

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Serena Williams details her rewarding collaboration with Patrick Mouratoglou 

Patrick Mouratoglou has been coaching Serena Williams for nearly a decade, and their collaboration has reaped massive success for the 39-year-old.

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Serena was asked the significance behind choosing to work with coach Mouratoglou, and the 23-time Grand Slam champion delivered a detailed response:

“I don’t like change. I’ve never looked at any coaches, I’ve always been coached by my dad and my mom, and when I met Patrick, I wasn’t looking for a new coach. I was just looking for some advice and it just was very natural. So, I loved what he said and he had a very similar coaching style to my dad and he didn’t try to change my game he just enhanced things that I already knew,” mentioned Serena Williams.  

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)

“Sometimes, you have to hear from a different individual, things that you may have heard a million times and sometimes just clicks differently. So I just felt like I needed that and you know when he first started it was him and my dad that were still together working,” she further added. 

Serena Williams also stated how she still has the capacity to learn new things, decades after turning pro. The opportunity to work with Patrick Mouratoglou has opened up new learning avenues for the veteran tennis player, and she still has many levels to unlock! 

Serena cruises into fourth round at Australian Open 2021

Serena didn’t hold her momentum from the start till the end, but the 39-year-old veteran got the better of Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova in straight sets to bring up her 90th Australian Open victory. 

Serena got off to a shaky start in the first set, but it was Potapova who felt the full force of it towards the end. Both players broke each other’s serve twice and eventually forced a tie-breaker to make things more interesting. 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Potapova had a chance to clinch the first set early at 5-4. But her service routine suddenly faltered, and the 19-year-old committed five double-faults, after which there was no possibility for a comeback. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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