Patrick Mouratoglou, the long-tome coach of American tennis legend Serena Williams, says the current tennis shutdown could help Serena add to her Grand Slam singles tally of 23, in an interview to Reuters. Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, which is one short of the all-time record held by Australia’s Margaret Court.
Since returning to the tour after giving birth to her first child, Serena has reached the finals of four Grand Slam events but lost each of them in her bid to equal Court’s record.
Patrick Mouratoglou on Serena Williams
“First of all it was good for Serena because she had time to rest and her body needed rest.
Second, her motivation hasn’t changed. She’s still as motivated as before to win more Grand Slams.” The French coach says top players like Serena, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be best able to handle the shutdown and come out on top once the season resumes.
“For someone like her, and probably the same for Roger or Rafa or Novak, they have so much experience that being out of competition for a few months doesn’t affect their game so much. And we’ve seen the best, someone like Roger for example, coming back from six months injury and winning a Grand Slam straightaway (in 2017).
So, only those guys can do that. So for Serena, it’ll be fine. I think that for all the players it’s extremely challenging because it’s a situation that is completely new. A tennis player always has a short-term goal with the next tournament coming up.
And this is their motivation. This didn’t happen during this period and they don’t even know when the next tournament is. So they have to find other ways to feed their motivation, which is a bit challenging”.
Patrick Mouratoglou has been the coach of Serena Williams since June 2012. He founded the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in 1996 in France and has coached many players, including Marcos Baghdatis, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aravane Rezaï, Jérémy Chardy, Laura Robson, Yanina Wickmayer, Grigor Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Serena Williams is considered by many to be among the Greatest Player of All time with her 23 Grand Slams being a record in the Open Era.