Seven Mouratoglou storylines for the 2018 US Open
- Serena Williams & Patrick Mouratoglou aim for eleventh heaven
In 2012, Serena Williams was going into the toughest period of her career. She had just suffered her first career Grand Slam first round loss at the French Open. Two years without winning a major title.
She called Patrick to help her regain her dominance and win “one more Grand Slam”. It went way beyond expectations: Since they started their collaboration, the so-called "Dynamic Duo” won nearly 50% of the Grand Slams Serena competed in – 10 out of 21.
This represents an unprecedented success in tennis.
2018 was a rollercoaster year for Serena Williams due to post-pregnancy complications:
- She gave up on her Australian Open defense before the tournament
- She made her comeback at Indian Wells and Miami, but one could glimpse she wasn’t quite ready
- She traveled to the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy where she trained intensively through April and May alongside Patrick Mouratoglou and fitness coach Gerald Cordemy
- She made a convincing run to the Roland-Garros round of 16 before being forced to withdraw with an injury
- She reached the Wimbledon final for the tenth time of her career, but fell short to Angelique Kerber;
- She suffered the harshest defeat of her career in San Jose
- She was joined by Patrick in Cincinnati to prepare for the US Open.
HISTORY ON THE LINE
In New York, she will have another shot at tying Margaret Court’s Open Era record 24 Grand Slam titles. It would be her seventh US Open title; the fourth with Patrick after 2012, 2013 and 2014; and the eleventh Grand Slam period since they teamed up.
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- Team Mouratoglou’s Stefanos Tsitsipas targets first Grand Slam quarterfinal, top 10 berth
Undoubtedly the most improved player on the men’s side in 2018, Stefanos Tsitsipas still has a lot to play for in 2018. Sitting at No. 15 in the world after a fantastic summer filled with deep runs in Washington (semifinals) and Toronto (final), the 20-year-old Greek has a realistic shot at ending the year in the top 10 — if not at the Nitto ATP Finals. In New York, where he qualified for the main draw last year, his seeding projects him into another Grand Slam second week after this year's Wimbledon.
Patrick Mouratoglou spotted Tsitsipas’ raw talent while watching a video of him on YouTube in 2015 and invited him to try out at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, then located in Paris. Tsitsipas has been a Mouratoglou player ever since, reaching the world No. 1 ranking in juniors in 2016 and having the success everyone knows since the start of the year. He’s headlining the Team Mouratoglou five-player line-up.
While Tsitsipas' coaching team is composed of his father Apostolos, physio Frederic Lefebvre and tennis coach Kerei Abakar, Patrick acts as a mentor for him. Before his Barcelona breakthrough in April, Patrick spent two days coaching his protégé at the Academy, which the latter revealed was a critical moment that launched his stellar season.
- The youngest-ever US Open junior finalist last year, 14-year-old Coco Gauff sets her sights on the title this year
Last year, as the youngest player in the draw, 13-year-old Coco Gauff reached the US Open juniors final — the youngest player ever to do so in the Open Era. This year, the American comes back to her home Slam with a Grand Slam title on her CV — this year’s Roland-Garros, which she also won as the youngest player in the draw — and the world No. 1 ranking to her name. She targets nothing else but the title.
A member of the Team Mouratoglou, Coco Gauff is regularly advised by someone who knows what winning Grand Slams in seniors feels like: Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou. He sensed her potential and selected her at the age of 11 to integrate the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, who became a second home where she regularly comes to practice. “The Mouratoglou Tennis Academy definitely helped me throughout my game – helped me with spin and to be more consistent and learn how to play on red clay,” she said.
In addition to the juniors tournament, Coco Gauff received a wildcard into the seniors qualifying draw, becoming the third youngest player ever to taste Grand Slam action, main draw or qualies. She lost to former WTA world No. 38 Heather Watson (6-4, 6-1).
Aged 14 years & 161 days, @CocoGauff competed in the #USOpen qualifying draw — the third youngest player *ever* to taste Grand Slam action, main draw or qualies.— Mouratoglou Tennis Academy (@MouratoglouAcad) August 22, 2018
She lost 6-4, 6-1 to @HeatherWatson92, but she pushed the former world No. 38 in set one.
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- Jason Tseng goes for historic Grand Slam three-peat
Jason Tseng has been taking the juniors field by storm this year. The 17-year-old from Taiwan reached all three junior Grand Slam finals, winning the last two in Roland-Garros and Wimbledon. He lost only one set — the second set tiebreak of the Wimbledon final — over those two events combined. He’s almost assured to end the year as the ITF world No. 1.
In New York, Jason chases history. He could become the first player since Gael Monfils in 2004 to win three consecutive junior Grand Slam events. Maybe more than ever, he will be the favorite on the starting line.
Jason joined the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in 2015, right before clinching the “Les Petits As” title in Tarbes, France, and has been a Mouratoglou player ever since. He prepared for the US Open at the Academy for three intensive weeks in August and enjoyed a little celebration from the student-athletes for his birthday.
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- Playing his best tennis in a decade, veteran Jeremy Chardy is flying off the radar
Jeremy Chardy is currently in the top 40 in the Live ATP Race rankings. He posted impressive results this year, reaching the round of 16 in two consecutive Masters 1000 (Indian Wells and Miami) and the semifinals at the Queen’s Club Championships and the Istanbul Open. He also secured a solid five-set win over Tomas Berdych in the Roland-Garros first round.
Chardy has been using the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy as his training base for years and still has a strong tie with Patrick Mouratoglou, who officiated as his coach in 2012 and his first man at his marriage in 2017.
- Fresh off a strong summer, Alizé Cornet has something to prove in New York
A first title in two and a half years won in July in Geneva, Switzerland makes Alizé Cornet believe she can play a role in the last Grand Slam of the season. She also defeated world No. 4 Angelique Kerber in Montreal.
Cornet trains on a yearly basis at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy alongside fitness coach Francis Bougy.
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- With a new Mouratoglou coach by her side, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova hopes to relive her 2011 run
Patrick Mouratoglou coached Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova between 2007 and 2009. Within two years, Pavlyuchenkova moved up from No. 350 to 27 in the WTA rankings.
She spent this summer practicing at the Academy while integrating a Mouratoglou coach to her structure: Mark Derksen, the former coach of Annika Beck. Pavlyuchenkova’s tight losses to top 10 players in the US Open tune-up events make the pair confident that the Russian can relive her 2011 run to the quarterfinals.
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