Patrick Mouratoglou: The Greek-French Tennis Coach Who Shot Tsitsipas to Fame

Patrick Mouratoglou. Photo by Wikipedia

Patrick Mouratoglou is a 48-year-old Greek-French tennis coach who is advising some of the biggest tennis stars in the world, such as Serena Williams and the new phenom Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Mouratoglou is the son of Greek businessman Paris Mouratoglou and a French mother. From a very young age, Mouratoglou realized that his life wasn’t meant to be spent toiling in his father’s companies, such as ”Energies en France” and ”Compagnie Generale des Eaux”.

His passion was tennis, and he made the bold decision to turn away from a comfortable, stable life working for his father to spend most of his life inside a tennis court.

The young French-Greek man founded his first tennis academy in 2005 and amazingly, his first client was the famous Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis.

Mouratoglu’s tennis academy in France. Photo by the academy’s website

Baghdatis began training under Mouratoglou in 1999. Within seven years he would become the Number 1-ranked Junior player in the world and win the Australian Open boys’ title of 2003. He then reached the final of the same tournament in 2006, and broke into the ranks of the world’s top ten players at the same time.

Between 2007 and 2012, Mouratoglou was coaching several tennis players, among whom were Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aravane Rezaï, Yanina Wickmayer and Laura Robson.

However, in 2012, he decided to exclusively coach the American star Serena Williams, who had reached a low point in her career.

And Mouratoglou’s achievements with Williams have been perhaps even more impressive than all his work with the other players had been.

Since 2012 he has managed to guide her to her fifth, sixth and seventh Wimbledon titles, her fourth, fifth, and sixth US Open titles, and her second and third French Open titles.

She has also won a gold medal in the Olympics, three consecutive WTA championship titles, and her sixth and seventh Australian Open titles.

Against all odds, Williams had risen back to her position as the world’s No. 1 female tennis player in the WTA rankings.

After experiencing the heights of coaching success with Serena Williams, Mouratoglou one day happened to come across a video of Stefanos Tsitsipas on YouTube.

Being half Greek, he always had passion for young Greek and Cypriot players, and as soon as he saw Tsitsipas’ unmistakable talent, he contacted him immediately.

Ever since that decisive moment, Tsitsipas has been coached at Mouratoglou’s academy in France.

”He’s hard-working, competitive and he will have a bright future”, the coach said about his young Greek tennis star.

When asked about Greece, Mouratoglou says that the country has a distinctive place in his heart.

”I am noisy, caring and generous; my temperament is more Greek rather than French,” he declared, adding that ”Greece is my home”.