Book of the Week: The Coach
Adding to our action-packed Summer of Sport, our book of the week this week is The Coach, an autobiography by Patrick Mouratoglou. Mouratoglou is one of the world’s most influential tennis coaches, and is largely responsible for the global success of tennis star Serena Williams in the last five years.
Newly translated into English, this book tells the story of Mouratoglou’s life, from a childhood plagued by anxiety attacks to his hugely successful career in tennis, including his recent years of coaching Williams. As the son of a Greek energy tycoon, Mouratoglou has always felt a lot of pressure to be successful, to the extent that just thinking about his schoolwork would make him feel sick. Within the lines of the tennis court, however, Mouratoglou found that he could truly be himself and express his feelings there in ways that he never could anywhere else. Unfortunately his parents stood in his way of building a career as a player, believing that tennis was nothing but a frivolous hobby. But with the new outlook on life that tennis had given him, Mouratoglou decided for himself what it means to be successful, and continued on the path to fame, this time through coaching others and helping them become the best players they can be. In 1996, he founded the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France, where he trained countless up-and-coming players.
Since 2012 Mouratoglou has been coaching Serena Williams exclusively, and has transformed her career. Under his training she has won numerous titles and has made it back into the No.1 spot in the WTA rankings several times, holding that position for the year end rankings from 2013 to 2015.
Mouratoglou’s story is an inspiring one, and shows how determination and passion can transform your life and help you overcome any obstacle, even if that obstacle is yourself.