Many claimed that Mouratoglou – who has also worked with the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff through his academy in Nice – would not as a big a name had he not coached Williams to nine of her 23 Majors. “Patrick Mouratoglou, the former coach of Serena Williams doesn’t have much to say re her retirement,” one person tweeted alongside a screenshot of his Instagram post.
“Without Serena would anyone have ever heard of him? She’d already become a major force in tennis when he became her coach!” The 40-year-old had enlisted sister Venus’ coach Eric Hetchman for her short-lived comeback when she returned on the grass for doubles in Eastbourne and singles at Wimbledon earlier this summer.
Following her 6-4 6-0 first-round loss to Emma Raducanu in her penultimate tournament at the Cincinnati Open, she then added former pro Rennae Stubbs to her team for the US Open, and the Aussie paid a more fitting tribute following her final match. She tweeted: “What a ride! @serenawilliams Thanks for allowing me to take that last dance with you. Your grit, determination, passion and love for this game is unmatched. Thank you for everything you have given to this sport, love ya.”