Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou spoke about the reasons why the next generation cannot prevail over Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Frenchman said: "They deal with a lot of pressure because the three great champions Rafa, Roger and Novak are 30 years old and many people are afraid about the future.
But the group of younger guys is exciting and promising both in terms of tennis and personality. They are all very different, with charisma and a great tennis, so I am convinced we will enjoy ourselves a lot.' On Stefanos Tsitsipas and Cori Gauff having success both training at his Academy, Mouratoglou added: "We attract the best hopes.
We regularly make selection tests and through them I figured out Cori Gauff who back in the day was ten years old and had already impressed me. She then won the French Open junior title at 14 years and she has an excellent physical strength and a great ambition.
She is still very young but her future is promising. For Stefanos, it's different because I saw him when he was 16 years old on Internet. I loved him straight forward because I had perceived a great competitor. He has an immense potential, I still find that he can improve on lot of aspects."
On his Academy, Mouratoglou concluded: "I created it in 1996 because I was a frustrated tennis player who was among the best younger Frenchmen, but unfortunately I had parents who were not close to this world and who thought that seeking a sports career in this world was very risky.
They forced me to focus on companies, leaving aside my passion and dream to become a professional player. Ten years after I decided to reconnect with this game helping on a personal level the youngest passionate guys to reach their ultimate goal, giving them the chances I did not have when I was younger."