WATCH: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Passes Serving Tip to Serena Williams at Practice

Published 05/15/2021, 7:24 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


At the pre-tournament press conference in Rome, Serena Williams had said that she prefers training and practicing away from the public eye and without posting about it on social media.

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However, her coach has now let the cat out of the bag for netizens to watch and admire.

Patrick Mouratoglou shows Serena Williams how to get more action on serve

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Patrick Mouratoglou has shared a video clip on his official Instagram page where he is seen passing on instructions to the 23-time Grand Slam champion at his academy in France.

Nicknamed ‘The Coach’, the Frenchman is shown as asking the champion to let the ball hang more in the air before she sends her serve in.

He is heard telling Serena that if she lets the ball drop lower before hitting her serve, she can put more shoulder into it.

“If the ball is low, then you have all this motion (showing with an arm extension). If you hit it high, you have only this motion (reduced extension of the arm). The lower, the more action you have on the ball, more kick,” Mouratoglou is heard telling the seven-time Wimbledon champion.

‘The Coach’ tagged his post with a message saying, “Insider look into my practice session with Serena.”

While it cannot be determined from the post, it is most likely that the clip is from a training session ahead of the recent return to Tour action at the Italian Open.

Serena lost her tournament opener in Rome

However, the Rome return didn’t go as planned as she crashed out after losing her tournament opener, which happened to be the 1000th match of her career, to unheralded Argentine Nadia Podoroska.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Serena conceded that she was way off her best and it wasn’t easy making her comeback on clay.

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Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“It’s tough to have a first match on clay. So, it was definitely kind of good to go the distance and to try to be out there. But clearly, I can do legions better,” the seven-time Australian Open champion said.

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The 39-year-old had not featured in any Tour events since her agonizing semi-final loss to eventual champion Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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