Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach of six years, has had an open and casual relationship with the press in the past, speaking freely about Williams’ play and, more recently, her comeback.
But that’s changed this year at Wimbledon. Williams asked Mouratoglou to stay away from the press in London after he publicly criticized her decision to play doubles at the French Open, the New York Times reported.
“I made that commitment to not speak,” he told the Times earlier this week. “For her to win Wimbledon is much more important than my freedom of expression.”
When asked about the change, Williams said, “I don’t know. We’re just trying something new.”
Whatever the duo is doing, it’s working — Williams will face Angelique Kerber in the finals on Saturday. It is only her fourth WTA event since returning to the circuit, following the birth of her daughter and complications during the delivery.
Mouratoglou, who works as an analyst for ESPN, complained that Williams’ decision to play both singles and doubles at Roland Garros left her susceptible to injury. She pulled out of that tournament before a fourth-round match with Maria Sharapova because of pain in her right pectoral muscle.
Williams decided not to play doubles with her sister, Venus, at Wimbledon.
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