In an interview to Marca, Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou spoke about tennis in general. The Frenchman got on the headlines after last year’s US Open final for coaching Serena during the match against Naomi Osaka.
Mouratoglou thinks on-court coaching should be introduced in the Majors as well. ‘I love tennis, I want it to keep being interested and for it you have to get new players involved’, said Mouratoglou. ‘The 70% of our fans is more than 35 years old.
The sport is a big entertainment market. You have to innovate and be more creative to bring new people in. If you could speak with players in mid-matches and you could listen it on TV, it would help the fan to understand the game.
I created a training app, that you can download on all the mobiles.’ About Naomi Osaka, Mouratoglou added: ‘For any player who wins her first Grand Slam or becomes number one dealing with pressure is very difficult.
We have a lot of examples of players who achieved it and then did not do well for more than a season.’ About Maria Sharapova’s chances to reach the highest level of tennis again, Mouratoglou said: ‘Since when she came back to the competition she had a lot of injuries.
I think that her main worry is to stay healthy to win some matches, some tournaments, and then we will see if she is ready to reach more higher heights.’ Can Simona Halep be a consistent WTA Rankings leader? ‘Simona made a brutal effort last year to win her first Major.
It’s clear that she is the number although she has rivals like Serena, Osaka, Kerber, Stephens and others.’ Who will in Australia? ‘I think Federer or Djokovic for men, and Serena for women.’ ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title