To understand how Patrick Mouratoglou found himself coaching Serena Williams you’d first have to comprehend where he came from and his genuine love for tennis.
Like many children, Mouratoglou struggled with his mental health when he was young, but given the time that he grew up in it wasn’t openly accepted to express those emotions.
The Frenchman struggled in school and often felt anxious around others, but the place in which Mouratoglou felt solace was on the tennis court.
His love for the game quickly overtook his daily life and for that reason, Mouratoglou really credits the sport for “saving” him from a different and less fulfilled life.
“I remember the tennis court being the only place I felt safe,” Mouratoglou told ONE37pm. “I knew I didn’t fit in with a lot of the other kids, but every time I held the racket I felt like I could be something … that I was something.
“I wanted to be great, and from an early age I knew I had the chance to be extremely good at tennis.”
Unfortunately for Mouratoglou though, his parents didn’t share the same vision for him in the sport. Despite regularly practicing for hours each day and continuing to grow into a formidable youth player, his family believed pursuing a career in tennis wasn’t in Mouratoglou’s best interest.
After years of resentment and anger over giving up his dream of playing professionally, Mouratoglou shifted his attention to something even more fulfilling; coaching.
Despite having no experience in the space, Mouratoglou challenged himself to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to start his own business through his tennis academy at the age of 26.
Through years of hard work and processing the relationships that need to be built to succeed in the business, Mouratoglou steadily began to establish himself in the tennis world, securing valuable clients like Marcos Baghdatis, Laura Robson and Gregor Dimitrov.
Then, in 2012, Mouratoglou received a call from an unexpected player; Serena Williams.