Serena Williams’ Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Slams Tracy Austin’s Views on On-Court Coaching During Matches

Published 08/15/2021, 2:00 PM 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)


The debate over on-court coaching goes on, especially on Twitter. Tracy Austin, appearing on the Tennis Channel, recently said that it should not be legal for coaches to provide on-court coaching. However, Patrick Mouratoglou, who provided on-court instructions to Serena Williams in 2018, disagrees with the former two-time US Open champion.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas was the one who started this debate on Twitter in July. The player took to Twitter after he received a code violation in Hamburg as he took instructions from his box. Mouratoglou is in complete agreement with the Greek national, as it seems from his tweet.

PARIS, FRANCE May 29. Serena Williams of the United States practicing with coach Patrick Mouratoglou while training on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 29th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Patrick Mouratoglou believes on-court coaching should be legal

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Tracy Austin, two time US Open champion, gave her opinion on the recent debate. She believes on-court coaching should not be legal as it gives an edge to top players in the sport.

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, “Gives edge to top players who can afford best coaches. Beauty of our sport-needing skill set to figure it out on your own.”

However, Patrick believes Austin’s logic is flawed. In response to her tweet, he wrote, “This is also true out off the court Tracy. A better coach makes a difference all year long not only during the matches. And the best players can afford the best coaches.”

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Eugenie Bouchard agrees in favor of on-court coaching

Eugenie Bouchard has been a speaker on the Tennis Channel show since she injured her right shoulder. An apparent injury to her right shoulder blade resulted in her staying off the court since March. However, she has been a regular on the Tennis Channel, giving her opinions and views.

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Eugenie has agreed that on-court coaching should be legal for players and coaches. She is of the opinion that it is already in practice, irrespective of the legality factor. Players are conversing in some or the other language with their coaches, which makes it difficult for the umpire to catch. Moreover, she stated that it will be beneficial for the authorities as there will be no case of cheating.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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