Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of tennis legend Serena Williams, has announced an initiative to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Patrick Mouratoglou announces initiative on the Black Lives Matter movement
After the death of African-American George Floyd and the subsequent protests in the United States, Mouratoglou has decided to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Mouratoglou has started his own tennis event called the ‘Ultimate Tennis Showdown’ and in a recent video on Twitter, he said he would be donating $50 to support the Black Lives Matter movement for every card played at the event.
Mouratoglou says, "I am deeply ashamed that in 2020, 60 years after Martin Luther King paid with his life for calling for equality, the black community as a whole still has to face some terrible racist and heinous crimes.
Although a large majority of people are not racist, it is our common responsibility to stand against this evil. Now is the time for action. This is why I decided that for every card played throughout the event, UTS will donate $50 to support the Black Lives Matter movement”.
Patrick Mouratoglou founded the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in 1996 in France and has coached many players, including Marcos Baghdatis (whom he coached to the final of the 2006 Australian Open), Julia Vakulenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aravane Rezaï, Jérémy Chardy, Laura Robson, Yanina Wickmayer and Grigor Dimitrov.
The talk is over, now it's time to act - both on-court and off-court. I'm happy to announce we'll be donating $50 for every card played during this event #BlackLivesMatter @UTShowdown pic.twitter.com/TrACLnHOPY — Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) June 15, 2020
besides working with Serena Williams. He has worked with Williams since 2012, and since then, Mouratoglou has guided Williams to her three Wimbledon titles, the Olympic gold medal, three US Open titles, two French Open titles, three consecutive year-end championships titles, two Australian Open title and lifted her back to world No.
1 in the WTA rankings. In 2018, Stefanos Tsitsipas has also started training in his tennis academies. Patrick Mouratoglou’s Ultimate Tennis Showdown has kicked off earlier this week at the Mouratoglou Academy in the South of France.
The players taking part are: Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, David Goffin, Benoit Paire, Richard Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez, Lucas Pouille, Alexei Popyrin and fan-favourite Dustin Brown.