Patrick Mouratoglou

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Patrick Mouratoglou (born 8 June 1970) is a French tennis coach of Greek descent.[1][2]

Patrick Mouratoglou was born to a Greek father and a French mother. His father Pâris Mouratoglou is a businessman and the founder and president of EDF Énergies Nouvelles.

Patrick founded the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in 1996 and has coached many up-and-coming 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.[3]

As of June 2012, Mouratoglou is the current coach of Serena Williams.

Coaching career[edit]

Mouratoglou started coaching ATP player Marcos Baghdatis in 1999 when Mouratoglou invited him to his Tennis Academy in France in October 1999 on a one-week basis. Baghdatis was, according to Mouratoglou, "not an athlete at all", however within seven years he would become a junior World No. 1, win the 2003 Australian Open boys' title, reach the final of the same tournament in 2006 and reach the World's top ten.[4]

In July 2007 he started coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Within two years, Pavlyuchenkova reached the World's Top 30 and has since made two Grand Slam quarter-finals and reached a career high ranking of World No. 13.[5] They ended their association in August 2009, and Mouratoglou moved onto coaching both Aravane Rezaï[6] and Yanina Wickmayer.[7] Rezaï enjoyed a successful 2010 season, entering the World's Top 20 and winning the Premier event in Madrid whilst Wickmayer reached a career high ranking of World No. 12 in April 2010. Mouratoglou stopped working with both Rezaï and Wickmayer in August 2010 and April 2012 respectively.[8]

In December 2010, Mouratoglou started coaching Laura Robson, who was World No. 217 at the time and still struggling to break into the senior tour.[9] They worked together for six months before separating shortly before Wimbledon in 2011, when Robson was still struggling to make any progress on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour, having slipped further to World No. 257.[10] During this same period, Mouratoglou also coached Jérémy Chardy within his academy.[11]

In March 2012, Mouratoglou started coaching Grigor Dimitrov and set about guiding him back into the world's Top 100, having dropped to World No. 102 by the time he started.[3][12] This association ended in June that year and Mouratoglou moved on to his present job, coaching Serena Williams.

By the time Mouratoglou started coaching Williams, she had just suffered her first ever opening round defeat in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, losing in the first round of the 2012 French Open. Since then, Mouratoglou has guided Williams to her fifth Wimbledon title, the Olympic Gold Medal, her fourth, fifth, and sixth US Open titles, her second French Open title, the annual year-end championships third time and lifted her back to World No. 1 in the WTA rankings.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who is Patrick Mouratoglou
  2. ^ Patrick Mouratoglou, who is from an old Istanbul family
  3. ^ a b Patrick Mouratoglou. Mouratoglou.com. Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  4. ^ Tennis – ATP World Tour – DEUCE Australian Open 2011 – Marcos Baghdatis – Back to Basics. Atpworldtour.com. Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  5. ^ TENNIS. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova started working with Patrick Mouratoglou – Markos Baghdatis coach. Allsportinfo.ru (28 July 2007). Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  6. ^ Aravane Rezai. Mouratoglou.com. Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  7. ^ Yanina to join Mouratoglou Academy << Yanina Wickmayer. Yaninawickmayer.com. Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  8. ^ Wickmayer moves on from Mouratoglou. Tennishead.net (26 April 2012). Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  9. ^ Laura Robson links up with coach Patrick Mouratoglou and sets sights on climbing the rankings | Mail Online. Dailymail.co.uk (29 December 2010). Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  10. ^ Laura Robson splits with coach Patrick Mouratoglou. The Sun (15 June 2011). Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  11. ^ Ten Things You May Not Know About Jeremy Chardy – TennisNow. Tennisnow.com. Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  12. ^ Dimitrov appoints Mouratoglou as coach. Tennishead.net (7 March 2012). Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  13. ^ Balym, Toddy. (7 January 2013) Heart the key for lovestruck Serena Williams. News.com.au. Retrieved on 12 June 2013.
  14. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (12 October 2012) Serena Williams, Back on the Rise, With a Newfound Appreciation – NYTimes.com

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