Serena Williams said she wasn’t coached during her meltdown in her 6-2, 6-4 oss to Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s U.S. Open final, but her coach admitted he was during in an interview with ESPN.
Patrick Mouratoglou, Williams’ coach, said he coached Williams, but he says it’s no different from what any other coach does.
Mouratoglou was interviewed by ESPN’s Pam Shriver after Williams’ loss and pointed out the selective enforcement of the coaching violation by chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
“I’m honest, I was coaching. I don’t think [Serena] looked at me, so that’s why she didn’t think I was (coaching). But I was, like 100 percent of the coaches on 100 percent of the matches. So we have to stop this hypocrite thing. “[Osaka’s coach] was coaching every point too.”
Mouratoglou also said the sport needs to change some of its code rules.
“Two rules are killing tennis. Not to allow a player to express their feelings is stupid. It’s not a big deal to break a racquet,” Mouratoglou said.
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