‘You told people you coached me’ – Serena Williams once slammed ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou for ruining her chance to make history at the US Open

In 2018, Serena Williams played Japan’s rising star Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open. Although Osaka won the final, the American made headlines for her infamous outburst against chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

Notably, Ramos gave Serena Williams a coaching code violation during the second set, fueling the American player’s outburst on court. Later, Serena’s then-coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted giving hand singles when he tried to help her during the game. However, Serena completely denied this and blasted her trainer for admitting such things.


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Serena Williams once denied manager Patrick Mouratoglou’s claims

After the final, 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams said, I just don’t understand what [coach Patrick Mouratoglou] spoke because I asked him, you weren’t a coach, we don’t have signals, we’ve never had signals, and he said he had proposed.

“So you said you’d proposed, now you’ve told people you’re coaching me. That doesn’t make sense, why would you say that?” she continued.

Remarkably, Serena was fighting for her 24th Grand Slam title, losing quite heavily to osaka. During the second set, chair umpire Carlos Ramos saw some sort of hand signal from Mouratoglou and gave Serena a code violation. This incident angered the great American player, like her said to Ramos, “I don’t cheat to win; I’d rather lose I’m just letting you know.”

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States argues with referee Brian Earley during her women’s singles final match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day 13 of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018. September , 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Later, serena received a point penalty after hitting her racquet on the court. At that moment, Serena continued to argue with the chair umpire, calling him a “thief.” As a result, the chair umpire gave Serena a game penalty. In the end, Serena lost the game against Osaka 6-2,6-4. During the awards ceremony, the crowd started booing, but Serena calmed them down with a few nice words.

Mouratoglou and Serena split before their comeback


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In 2021 Wimbledon, Serena lost through injury in the first round. She has not played on the tour for almost a year since withdrawing from the first round of Wimbledon. In April this year, Serena and Mouratoglou ended their 10-year partnership when they announced their split.

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This news shocked many fans as Serena was close to her return. Eventually she returned to Wimbledon that year but again lost in the first round. She recently retired from professional tennis US Open and Mouratoglou was one of the many people who posted a farewell message for her on social media.


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PARIS, FRANCE September 26th. Serena Williams of the United States trains with coach Patrick Mouratoglou on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2020 French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros on September 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

However, many fans have been angered by his message as he has not tagged Serena nor taken a proper picture of her. On the other hand, Serena recently teased her comeback during a talk show. So, fans are hoping that the 23-time Grand Slam champion may miraculously make a return Australian Open next year.

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