“Not Certain of Anything”: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou on Serena Williams’ Future After US Open Withdrawal

Published 08/25/2021, 10:14 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


Tennis queen Serena Williams joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the absent list for the US Open 2021. It will be the first time in 24 years when all three miss a Grand Slam event. But given her message, fans hope to see her back on the WTA Tour sooner rather than later. However, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou is not very sure.

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In her US Open 2021 withdrawal statement, Serena concluded with an “I’ll see you soon.” Hence, tennis fans felt relieved that it is not all over yet. However, Mouratoglou has raised doubt that would not simply go away.

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Patrick Mouratoglou unsure of Serena Williams’ return after US Open 2021 withdrawal

Even after trying everything, Serena could not get fully recovered in time for the US Open 2021. Accordingly, her quest for the 24th Grand Slam in the 2021 season ended.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves court as she retires from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

But more importantly, everyone in the tennis society had one question, and Tennis Majors asked her coach Patrick Mouratoglou the same. Will Serena return in 2021 or 2022 or any of the Grand Slams events ahead? His answer, although honest, is not what fans wanted to hear.

“I don’t know; we didn’t talk about that. We just talked about the US Open, that was the last goal of the season. First, she has to digest then we can sit and talk. Today, I’m not certain of anything in one sense or another,” Mouratoglou answered.

Additionally, Serena is also turning 40 next month. And, there is also no way to know how long she is looking forward to competing in professional tennis.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Catherine McNally of the United States during their Women’s Singles second round match on day three of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

But above all, the 23-time Grand Slam champion is passionate about the sport and will do her best to find her way back on the court. Now, it’s only a matter of time to wait for some positive news from Serena.

When did Serena last missed the US Open?

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After winning the 2017 Australian Open title, Serena revealed that she was pregnant during the tournament. Following that, she took maternity leave for the entirety of the season, causing her to miss the US Open.

To date, Serena has hailed champion six times in Flushing Meadows and received a runner-up prize four times. Hopefully, this would not be the end of the stat.

What are your thoughts on Serena’s return to tennis?

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Purav Joshi

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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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