Coach recalls what he thought when he started working with Serena Williams


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Coach recalls what he thought when he started working with Serena Williams

Patrick Mouratoglou spoke about how his co-operation with Serena Williams started. The Frenchman replied: "She called me in 2012 after losing the French Open first round against Virginie Razzano. She was often injured. We saw each other on the court after her loss.

She hit serves for 45 minutes. Then she stopped, sit on the bench and said, Speak with me. I told him she had done the same mistakes she did against Razzano. I wanted to make her have physical tests. She was dealing with ankle issues.

After reassessing the situation, we hired a fitness trainer knowing what we should have worked on. When I started working with her, I was very convinced that she would have become the best player in the world again. I saw what she needed to do to be number one again and dominate the world of tennis.

I do not have issues working with parents, imagine when you co-operate with Richard Williams, one of the best coaches in tennis history. Hat off for bringing two young girls to becoming world No. 1. We needed to work technique, mental, tactical, physically wise.

Anything. Serena is very confident and learns much more than the players I worked with. Even if she has her weaknesses like anyone." "If i did not like all the players I worked with, I could not have done a good job. It's essential to totally get into the player's mind. You have to love him."