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Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams ‘have the ultimate mindset of champions,’ claims legendary coach

Famed Coach Patrick Mouratoglu has likened Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt in terms of their mindset, saying “they are champions in their minds.”

Mouratoglu currently coaches some of the world’s best players, including the most successful women’s player ever Serena Williams, World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas and the youngest player ranked in the WTA top 100 Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff.

The French coach has also previously led a number of high-calibre players to success, training names such as Marcos Baghdatis, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Laura Robson and Grigor Dmitrov.

On his Instagram account, Mouratoglu posts insightful clips of him training youngsters, as well as videos of inspirational speeches.

In one of his recent posts, he mentioned the mindset required to reach the upper echelons of the sport and referenced 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, 20-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic and Australian great Lleyton Hewitt as examples.

“[With] champions, they have the mindset and the mindset builds the tennis. So it’s all about the mindset and that is true for everything. Whatever you do, if you have the right mindset, you’re going to make it.

“Some players that I know, they are champions in their mind, I know that [in] their second life after tennis, they’re going to do great because they process the right way.

“The people who have the best mindset naturally, are the ones who are going to go the furthest.

“I remember Novak [Djokovic], he was 17, you don’t think, ‘WOW! His tennis is incredible’. No, but he has [an] unbelievable mindset. He has the ultimate mindset of a champion. Same as Serena.

“They developed their tennis. Same with Lleyton Hewitt, you see Lleyton Hewitt, you don’t think ‘wow, the tennis was incredible,’ yet he was number one in the world because he has the mindset of a champion.”


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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.