“Serena will be tallest despite court record”, says Mouratoglou
“Serena Williams will be the best, regardless of Margaret Court’s record,” says Patrick Mouratoglou
Serena Williams will remain the best player of all time even if she fails to match Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record, said Patrick Mouratoglou.
The American star, who last tasted Grand Slam success at the Australian Open in 2017, still finds himself with a major title behind Court’s record of 24.
Although Williams may end his career without matching the Australian’s record, her longtime coach Mouratoglou believes his legacy as the greatest player of all time is already secure.
“Margaret Court was playing at a time when three-quarters didn’t even go to Australia (for the Australian Open), where tennis was an amateur sport, when the draw was 16 players,” said Mouratoglou.
“I don’t want to disrespect Margaret Court, but it’s a different time. Yes, it would be better if Serena breaks her record, but if she doesn’t, she will remain the greatest player of all time.
The American star, who turns 40 on Sunday, has not been in a competitive game since slipping on center court at Wimbledon nearly three months ago.
Despite falling to 40th in the WTA rankings, Mouratoglou insists that Williams still has the game to compete at the highest level.
“She still has it. The question is, how much does she want and what is she willing to do to make it happen? », Added his trainer.
“Since she had her daughter, it’s more difficult. She finds it very difficult not to put her life as a mother before her life as a player, which is understandable.
“I think that’s the main reason she didn’t win a Grand Slam. His family comes first and in order to be able to do great things in one area, that area cannot come second.
“She’s thinking and we’ll see what comes out of it.”