“Not on WTA Tour”: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Lauds Serena Williams for Taking a Dig at WTA Rankings

Published 10/01/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 27: Serena Williams of the United States attends a press conference ahead of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Pool/Getty Images)


Tennis queen Serena Williams has had uncountable glorious moments in her over two-decades-long career. Therefore, it wouldn’t be easy for anyone to single out a Serena moment from the rest. Interestingly, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou has selected one, and it isn’t one of her 23 Grand Slam titles or four Olympic gold medals winning moments but a hilarious interview.

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After winning the Wimbledon in 2009, Serena sat with the reporters wearing a “Are you looking at my titles?” quoted Nike t-shirt. Naturally, the whole press conference led to a series of laughter between the American professional and the reporters. In the end, Serena also joked about her absurd WTA ranking.

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So when Patrick got asked what his favorite Serena moment was, he uploaded the interview. He captioned it, “I could watch this interview over and over again.” 

Serena Williams’ most-savage interview 

Between 2008 and 2009, Serena Williams had won the US Open, the Australian Open, and the Wimbledon Championships. However, she remained No.2 in the WTA Rankings.

So, the interviewer asked her if she felt motivated to become World No.1. Serena answered, “I’m not super motivated. I think if you hold three Grand Slam titles, maybe you should be No.1, but not on the WTA Tour, obviously.” Everybody broke out in laughter. “My motivation is maybe to win another Grand Slam and stay No.2, I guess.”

Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Furthermore, Serena added that she did not feel disappointed about it, and if she had, she would have gone crazy. But she did admit that it was ‘shocking’. She said, “It is what it is, and I’d rather definitely be No.2 and hold three Grand Slams in the past year than be No.1 and not have any.”

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Serena Williams of USA and Rafael Nadal of Spain with their winners trophies at the Wimbledon Championships 2010 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 4, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

In the end, Serena gave one of the most iconic answers in tennis history. The reporter asked if she saw herself as World No.1, and she gave the perfect response.

“I see myself as No.2,” Serena said. “It’s where I am. I think [Safina] Dinara did a great job to get to No.1. She won Rome and Madrid.”

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After the last sentence, the current 23-time Grand Slam champion tried to maintain a straight face but failed miserably as she and the entire room burst into laughter. All in all, it is one of the most remarkable Serena moments ever. What is your favorite moment involving the tennis queen?

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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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