Patrick Mouratoglou: Serena Williams Wanted to Start Training Days After Child Birth


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Patrick Mouratoglou: Serena Williams Wanted to Start Training Days After Child Birth

Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, reveals that the American superstar wanted to return to training for her tennis comeback just days after giving birth, according to The Sun. Mouratoglou makes the revelation in an exclusive documentary for Eurosport, according to The Sun.

The French coach says, "I remember I was at Wimbledon and she was at home heavily-pregnant. She called me and said: ‘Can you please organise for me a hitting partner in September?’ I just said: ‘Serena, you are giving birth in September.’ And she just said: ‘Yes, when I deliver I want to start my training.’ I replied that the doctors are not going to let her and she just said: ‘Do not underestimate me!’.

She thinks everything is possible for her. I have to say, knowing her much better now, that most of the time it is true. She is an icon all over the world, and thanks to her, black people have access to a sport that was very much a white sport and now it’s a sport for everyone”.

49 year old Mouratoglou says Serena is the strongest person he knows. "I’d describe Serena as the strongest person I’ve ever met. She thinks she can achieve anything – sometimes I think it can hurt her, but most of all that is what makes her what she is”.

Williams won the WTA ASB Classic event last weekend in Auckland - which was her first title since becoming a mother. She is aiming to win her 24th Grand Slam title in Melbourne and is ranked No. 9 in the world - she will head to Melbourne as one of the favourites for the tournament.

Serena is chasing Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career so far, and lost the last four finals at the Slams that she played in.