Interviewed by Marca during the Australian Open in Melbourne where he is working as Eurosport analyst, Patrick Mouratoglou spoke about Serena Williams. The former world No. 1's return to the competition is very close to happening. 'In Indian Wells, that's the plan', the French coach replied when asked what will be Serena's first tournament. 'Like she said to the press After giving birth, she dealt with issues during and after the birth. She had C-sections which meant not having abdominals anymore, not good of an athlete. She lost two months of physical recovery due to the several complications and she wasn't ready to play here. She will do everything to be in Indian Wells.'
Asked when they really started the off-season training, Mouratoglou replied: 'We started training in November but she was playing for just 20 minutes. She had not been doing anything for a lot of time. We had to wait until December to increase the intensity.'
Is he surprised by Serena's motivation to come back? 'Nope, because I feel she hasn't ended her career. She feels that can keep winning Grand Slams. She wants to decide when it's time to retire, which didn't come yet. And you have some very close records to be beaten and she won't retire before not doing it.'