Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, revealed the mindset tweak that the 23-times Grand Slam champion installed when she was only 4 years old and that sticks with her 35 years after. “Practice every day like it is your first day of practice.
Being able to keep that fresh mindset 35 years after being on a tennis court since you are 4 is ...... (choose the word),” wrote Mouratouglou on Instagram. In other words, one of the lessons that Serena Williams followed all her tennis career was to always train properly and never to treat a practice session poorly.
This may seem a straight-forward fact, but too many tennis players undervalue the power of a good practice session nowadays.
Can Serena Williams’ win her 24th Grand Slam?
After her poor displays following the restart of the tennis season, one would say that Serena Williams is a big underdog in the upcoming US Open tournament, even if many of the top players have already withdrawn from the American Grand Slam.
However, tennis legend Martina Navratilova says that Serena Williams will have a great chance to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles at the upcoming US Open. Navratilova motivated her affirmation with the fact that so many top players will not make the trip to Flushing Meadows.
See what Navratilova said in this article.
Mouratoglou trains hard with Serena Williams
Even if Serena may be in poor shape right now, there’s still some time left until US Open kick-offs and Patrick Mouratoglou admitted that the American tennis legend gives him a hard time during practice.
“This is just the start of how Serena Williams has tortured me on the tennis court at practice yesterday. She was coached by Jarmere Jenkins and destroyed me in a few minutes. Look how low she made me play sometimes!” wrote Mouratoglou along with the video you can see here. The US Open Grand Slam tournament begins in New York on August 31st and the women's field has seen six of the Top 10 players withdraw due to injury or concerns about traveling to the United States during the current health crisis.
Among the top players that won't play in New York are Ash Barty, Bianca Andreescu, Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Belinda Bencic, and Simona Halep.