“Never Let the Doubt Enter Your House”: Mouratoglou Quotes Venus and Serena Williams’ Father for Attaining World No. 1 Echelon

Published 05/19/2021, 6:38 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)


Patrick Mouratoglou is unquestionably one of the best tennis coaches in the present era. He is the man behind 10 of Serena Williams’ 23 Grand Slams and for also bringing her back to World No. 1 in the WTA Rankings. But what does one need to be the number one player in the world? Mouratoglou has now spoken about this.

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Besides Williams, the French tennis coach mentors Greek professional Stefanos Tsitsipas and American teenager sensation Coco Gauff. Presently, both are standing at their career-high rankings in their respective circuits.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 06: Coach of Serena Williams Patrick Mouratoglou and Corey Gauff applaud during the first round match between Cori Gauff of USA and Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia during day one of the 2020 ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 06, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

According to Patrick, self-belief is the most important factor in achieving success on a tennis court. Moreover, he provided the perfect example to support his point.

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Mouratoglou quotes Serena and Venus’s father, Richard Williams

Firstly, the French coach explained that simply wishing to become number one is not enough. Instead, he insisted that a player must trust himself or herself to reach the summit of the World Rankings. However, most of them fail to fulfill this criterion.

“They all wish to be number 1; very few want to be number 1. To be able to want it, you have to first believe it,” Mouratoglou said. “99% of the players they wish and they don’t believe. So, they don’t do everything on a daily basis to become number 1. Because deep inside, they don’t believe.”

Furthermore, Patrick also highlighted that doubt is one of the biggest obstacles tennis professionals have to face. “There are so many moments of doubt. If you let the doubt take you, you’re done,” the French coach said.

To elaborate on this point, he remembered a quote from Venus and Serena Williams‘ father, Richard Williams. “He was saying, ‘Never let the doubt enter your house.’ That brings people to the top of the game,” Patrick concluded.

Richard Williams coached both Venus and Serena Williams. Defying all odds, he made them two of the greatest women tennis players of all time. Currently, HBO is making a movie on his life starring Will Smith as Richard Williams.

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At the Italian Open 2021, Venus and Serena lost their opening match. Following that, they participated in the Emilia Romagna Open to prepare for the upcoming French Open 2021.

Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

While the elder Williams crashed out in her first match, the younger sister survived one match before losing in the next round. However, the Williams sisters have and continue to contribute to the sport. And despite early exits, they will be massive threats on the red soil in Paris.

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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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