Serena Williams’ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou recently opened up about his split with the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. Mouratoglou’s comments, which suggested a bizarre end to their working relationship, drew varied reactions from tennis fans on social media.
In his statement, the Frenchman expressed that Serena Williams was not clear on her future plans with regard to tennis when he approached her a few weeks before the 2022 French Open. After their time together officially ended, Mouratoglou teamed up with Simona Halep, whom he now coaches.
Fans expressed their views on the 10-year association between Williams and Mouratoglou and the way it ended.
“Not Mouratoglou giving an ultimatum to Serena. Like how dare you,” a fan wrote on Twitter.
“Mouratoglou playing victim here and accusing Serena of indecisiveness… how low! Besides Serena returning at RG, what nonsense? She was already an established GS champion before he even appeared on her radar (as a coach). She can retire on her own terms,” another fan wrote.
The 52-year-old tennis coach said that towards the end of his chat with Serena Williams, he told the American player that he would consider himself free and independent of their association if she did not arrive for training the following Monday.
“I asked her if she wanted to go to Roland Garros. She told me he didn’t know. It was six weeks before the tour. I told her I was waiting for her on Monday for training and if she didn’t come I I would consider myself free,” he said.
The Frenchman further stated that he felt like taking a break from coaching altogether after the incident due to a lack of motivation.
“After Serena decided to take a break, I confessed to my loved ones that I feel like I’m done with coaching,” Mouratoglou said. “I knew that one of my strengths was that I had a lot of enthusiasm for my work. Without this enthusiasm I can’t be a good coach. I felt like I had lost it.”
Meanwhile, another fan was worried that we may have already seen the last of Williams on the tennis court, hoping that isn’t the case.
“She’s the best ever. I’m not a fan of hers. But I’m sure I’d weep saying goodbye to such a monument. I hope she gives us that chance. To pay homage to a legend.”
A look back at the successful partnership between Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou
Serena Williams also won the Olympic Gold medal in both singles and doubles at the 2012 London Games. During her association with Mouratoglou, the American also secured three year-end championship titles. Their last Major title came at the 2017 Australian Open.