Former World No. 15 Aravane Rezai has spoken about the difficult professional relationship she had with French coach Patrick Mouratoglou in an interview with the Spanish website Punto de Break. In the interview, 33 year old Rezai, whose biggest win was the Madrid event in 2010, says, "Patrick is passionate about tennis.
I think this is something that everyone can see. I wouldn't say that he is a great coach, but he is a great businessman: he understands the game, knows how to analyze things from the point from a tactical point of view.
But if I go into details ... When I won in Madrid, you can't imagine what he did to me. He put a lot of pressure on me to win the tournament." "I didn't even eat, just had a glass of milk every day. I didn't have breakfast, I couldn't answer the phone, or anything.
It was like being in prison. I got up at 6 am to run for one or two hours and did physical training just before my games. It was too much. My dad already put a lot of pressure on me and he thought that putting that extra pressure would also make me better.
And yes, it worked. But after a while it wears you out ." "My coaching relationship with Patrick lasted just over a year. The people who were with him (doctors and nutritionists), and who were on my team, warned him.
They said that if I continued like that, it would end up breaking. And he replied that didn’t care. He didn’t care about my mental health." Rezai has played sporadically in the past few years, she last played on the tour in a tournament in July 2019.