Coach Patrick Mouratoglou gives insights into the world of tennis – The French Open, Simona Halep and US Open

Patrick Mouratoglou the well-known French tennis coach who has developed talents such as Marcos Baghdatis and Anastasia Pavyluchenkova. In addition, he saw great success spending over ten years with Serena Williams. During this time they both became the most successful in tennis.

More recently, however, Mouratoglou has worked very closely with the former World No. 1 Simona Halep whom he helped and encouraged not to drop out of the game.

It wasn’t easy, however, as Halep suffered a panic attack mid-game French OpenMouratoglou recently gave an insight into this in an interview.

“I think she was exhausted physically, but more mentally than physically.”

“We started in April and made a lot of changes. Not that I wanted it for most. It’s your choice. But she has changed a lot because that is her personality.

“When she started, she was really generous in her efforts and she gave, she gave 100 percent the whole time.

“She seems to have been working a lot harder than ever. I don’t know about it before, but from what I’ve heard from her and her fitness trainer, she worked very, very, very hard [with me]. She chose to go with me 100 percent and because she wanted people to work with me on the team, so lots of changes.

“The panic attack at Roland Garros was because she wanted to do it too well and it was too stressful to deal with. But that was the first signal that it was mentally difficult. Then she did well.”

Mouratoglou struggled to decide what to do to improve Halep’s game. This was because the Romanian needed a lot of playing time to improve so she could feel comfortable and bring her style to the table. The problem came when Halep struggled with playing tennis so regularly.

The French coach again gave a great view on this.

“She played a lot of tournaments because she had to play, she had to.”

“Of course she was very empty emotionally in the Wimbledon semifinals because of that. So you’re paying the price, but she played three semifinals in a row and then won a Masters 1000 for playing those games. So yeah, there’s always a win somewhere and a little loss somewhere else. You can’t have everything from day one.”

“My job is to help people achieve what they want to achieve. So it’s never my goal, it’s their goal.”

“I get to know them and that takes time. With Simona, we quickly found solutions because she wanted to hit the ground running and trusted me 100 percent from day one. She said, “Tell me I want to change everything that needs changing.”

“So if the player says, for example, ‘I want to win a Grand Slam’, that can be a goal or ‘I want to be in the top 10’ or ‘I want to be number one in the world’, that’s his goal. So I help them to achieve this goal.

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