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"Not Mouratoglou giving an ultimatum to Serena, like how dare you" - Tennis fans react to Serena Williams' split with coach Patrick Mouratoglou

Tennis fans react to Patrick Mouratoglou's comments on his coaching split with Serena Williams
Tennis fans react to Patrick Mouratoglou's comments on his coaching split with Serena Williams
Aayush Majumdar

Serena Williams' former coach Patrick Mouratoglou recently opened up about his split with the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. Mouratoglou's comments, which suggested a bizarre end to their working relationship, drew varied reactions from tennis fans on social media.

In his statement, the Frenchman claimed that when he approached Serena Williams a few weeks before the 2022 French Open, she didn't seem clear about her future plans. After their time together officially ended, Mouratoglou teamed up with Simona Halep, whom he now coaches.

In the wake of Mouratoglou's comments, fans have wasted no time in expressing their views on the 10-year association and the way it ended.

"Not Mouratoglou giving an ultimatum to Serena. Like how dare you," a fan wrote on Twitter.
not Mouratoglou giving an ultimatum to Serena 😭 like how dare you twitter.com/josemorgado/st…
"Mouratoglou playing victim here and accusing Serena of indecisiveness... how low! Besides Serena returning at RG, what nonsense? She was already an established GS champion before he even appeared on her radar (as a coach). She can retire on her own terms," another fan wrote.
@josemorgado Mouratoglou playing victim here and accusing Serena of indecisiveness... how low!Besides Serena returning at RG, what nonsense?She was already an established GS champion before he even appeared on her radar (as a coach).She can retire on her own terms.
@josemorgado Always felt that disconnect brewing between the 2. That response or inaction from Serena reflects her dissatisfaction with the partnership already. She was not even engaging him on his socmed personal marketing.
Hearing @pmouratoglou has said he told Serena he was waiting for her to turn up to a training session she didn't so he closed the🚪Have some respect Serena she has given you so much more than anything other player @serenawilliams 🙏❣️ Coach Venus please @Venuseswilliams https://t.co/yvyVCOVKdv

Towards the end of his chat with Serena Williams, Patrick Mouratoglou told the American that he would consider himself free and independent of their association if she did not arrive for training the following Monday.

"I asked her if she wanted to go to Roland Garros," the 52-year-old said. "She told me he didn't know. It was six weeks before the tour. I told her I was waiting for her on Monday for training and if she didn't come I would consider myself free."

Mouratoglou further stated that he felt like taking a break from coaching altogether after the incident, due to a lack of motivation.

"After Serena decided to take a break, I confessed to my loved ones that I feel like I'm done with coaching," the Frenchman said. "I knew that one of my strengths was that I had a lot of enthusiasm for my work. Without this enthusiasm I can't be a good coach. I felt like I had lost it."
Does it sound snarky somewhat or is it just me...? 🤔 #mouratoglou #SerenaWilliams twitter.com/josemorgado/st…
@gnome_196883 he needs her more than she needs him. snarky. if someone said that to me i wouldnt show up just cos... XD
I don’t think people get just how good Serena Williams was from the get go. She didn’t start being good in 2012 when she got a new coach, no. That was just an elevation of what was already there.
One day y’all gonna wake up and realize mouratoglou was never good and Serena was just amazing. Nobody he coached besides Serena Williams won a slam🙄
@josemorgado He shares way too much about their private conversations publicly.

Meanwhile, another fan suggested that we may have already seen the last of Williams on the tennis court, but expressed hope that that wasn't the case.

"She's the best ever. I'm not a fan of hers. But I'm sure I'd weep saying goodbye to such a monument. I hope she gives us that chance. To pay homage to a legend."
@josemorgado You dont want to play tennis anymore? Fine. But you have to say goodbye. On a tennis court. That's where you belong. She's the best ever. I'm not a fan of hers. But I'm sure I'd weep saying goodbye to such a monument. I hope she gives us that chance. To pay homage to a legend.

A look back at the successful partnership between Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou

Middle Sunday: The Championships - Wimbledon 2019
Middle Sunday: The Championships - Wimbledon 2019

Patrick Mouratoglou joined Serena Williams - who was a 13-time Grand Slam champion at the time - after her early loss at the 2012 French Open. In their first year together, Williams won the 2012 Wimbledon championships before going on to win four more titles towards the end of the season.

They have won nine more Grand Slam titles as a player-coach pair - two titles each at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the French Open, and three at the US Open. Williams also had a 34-match unbeaten run in the 2013 season, which saw her win 78 matches against just 4 losses all year.

Serena Williams won the Olympic gold medal in both singles and doubles at the 2012 London Games. During her association with Mouratoglou, the American also secured three year-end championship titles.

Their last Major title came at the 2017 Australian Open.

Of course happy this title but more than anything proud of @serenawilliams for her hustle and fight. 38 years old, being a mother, 23 Majors, and still having that passion and dedication for the game is unique. This explains why Serena is Serena. https://t.co/d0sntJwJkj

Edited by Keshav Gopalan

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