“Let’s Destroy Them on Clay!”: Serena Williams’ Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Plans a Tough Training Ahead of French Open 2021

Published 05/06/2021, 9:44 PM CDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her quarter final match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Loren Elliott


23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has sunk her teeth into the French Open 2021 preparations. With Roland Garros less than a month away, she is ready to take her training to the next level.

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2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Serena Williams of the United States watched by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou training on Court Suzanne Lenglen in preparation for the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 25th 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The 39-year-old began her practice sessions nearly a week ago at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in France. She is now through with her first pair of training shoes and waiting to get on with the next.

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Serena Williams updates on her French Open 2021 preparations

Serena Williams took to Instagram to show her week’s progress on the clay surface. But only this time, instead of an intense prep on the court, she shared the status of her training shoes.

Naturally, the white pair of her Nike shoes disappeared behind a layer of red dirt. To ardent tennis fans and even some players, shoes covered in clay are a sight for sore eyes.

However, the three-time French Open champion teased her fans by showing a new cleaner pair of training shoes. It is arguably one of the best ways to keep track of improvement. Serena summarised the video in one word, Next.

What made things even more interesting is the comment from her coach. Additionally, it also clarified how much Patrick Mouratoglou and Serena are excited about the French Open.

Frenchman Mouratoglou wrote, “The second pair is too clean. Let’s destroy them on clay!”

Given the enthusiasm, Serena’s clay season will be worthwhile. But on a concerning note, the tennis queen has not yet played a single tournament on red soil in 2021. Hence, she might play soon to get match experience before the start of Roland Garros.

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Where can Serena play before Roland Garros?

Coach Mouratoglou earlier revealed that he expects Serena to play the Italian Open 2021. Since the event begins on May 10, it is aligned perfectly to analyze her training sessions.

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)

Moreover, Rome will conclude on May 16, which will give her two more weeks to make revisions before Paris. Her final decision is much-anticipated.

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Whether Serena participates in Rome or not, she has built excitement around her French Open campaign. It would be interesting to see the impact of her preparations on her chase towards the 24th Grand Slam title.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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