“Felt Like My Life Was Taken Away”: Serena Williams’ Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Reveals His Uphill Journey Behind on Tour Success

Published 06/03/2021, 3:04 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)


The Name Serena Williams is no stranger to the entire world. A legendary tennis player can easily be placed into the G.O.A.T. discussion, as the former world. No.1 has won a whopping 39 grand slams as a player. To the marvelous career Serena has had on the tennis court, Accolades should also reach the 50-year-old coach of Serena Williams, Patrick Mouratoglou.

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The Frenchmen has been the coach of Serena Williams for the past nine years. The duo has been grinding in victories consistently. Under his reign, Serena was able to win ten grand slam titles, an Olympic gold medal and reached the top of the ATP rankings as the world No.1. Mouratoglou opened about his coaching journey recently and how his passion for tennis was the only fuel to his success.

Patrick Mouratoglou opens up his journey

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Patrick Mouratoglou was put into the map by his student Marcos Baghdatis, as the Cypriot tennis player reached the Final of the Australian Open in 2006. This was just the beginning for Patrick, as the Frenchmen coached several elevated tennis players under his reign. However, the journey to the limelight was not that easy for the super coach. He was forced not to play tennis by his parents from the age of 16.

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Mouratoglou sat with G.Q in a recent interview in which he revealed his childhood and his turning points of his career. Forced at a young age to stay away from tennis by his parents, Patrick concentrated more on his studies. Remembering the incident, he said- “That was a turning point in my life, because I felt like my life was taken away from me. [Tennis] was my life and my passion.”

Following his father’s footsteps, Patrick became a part of his father’s business. At one point, he was close to being his partner, but the determined Patrick Mouratoglou couldn’t resist following his passion.

Tennis was Patrick’s cure that his life needed

Following someone’s passion is a test of will and self-confidence. Patrick Mouratoglou knew he belonged to the court rather than doing his father’s business. But, he said-“I also feel like [I have to] cure myself, because something is broken in me because of what happened. I need to give the chance I didn’t have. I want to give it to others, and I want to help them achieve that.”

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These words of Patrick reveal how much he craved to be back in the pitch, and his coaching was his only option. His desire to help many players who were wandering alone, trying to find a mentor to guide, changed the entire life of the players and the life of Patrick himself. This backstory of one of the most well-known mentors in tennis provides every human being a ray of hope to follow their heart and live a life they love as life is always about trying rather than regretting.

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