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Daily Bagel: Serena Williams’ coach still hungry for success

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The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: Lukas Rosol, who already received a racket abuse warning, fell behind 0-5 in the third set tiebreaker to Tommy Haas in the Vienna Open semifinals. He hit a forehand wide and broke his racquet in frustration, thus incurring a point penalty to lose the match. That’s a meltdown.

The New York Times does a Q&A with Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, and he won’t accept anything less than the best. Good thing he’s working with Serena.

I try not to be satisfied because when you are satisfied I feel you stop progressing. I’m ambitious. I was always ambitious, no matter what I did because my parents educated me like that. When I started this profession I said my goal was to be good enough at what I do so that the best players in the world would want to work with me to be able to win major tournaments. That does not mean I don’t like working with young players and with everyone in fact. I always took a lot of pleasure in it and when I’m at the academy I work with everyone and I love it, but as I’m ambitious, I want what’s the best [...] In soccer it’s better to work with Real Madrid or Barça or Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain than with a club in the third division in Uzbekistan.

• Get excited about the WTA Championships.

• Venus Williams has gifted her Florida home to her mother, TMZ reports. Way to upstage Serena, Venus.

• According to this French article, Marion Bartoli will be on Ice Show, a French ice skating show in the vein of Dancing with the Stars.

• Ana Ivanovic is reportedly dating a Serbian basketball player.

• The ballkids at the Stockholm Open use nets to retrieve balls. Not sure this level of innovation is necessary.

• Non-tennis: Who doesn’t love the hug-in-a-mug that is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte?

  • Published On Oct 21, 2013
  • 3 comments
    PurityPrydain
    PurityPrydain

    Rosol needs to take racket-smashing lessons from Serena.  He doesn't break it on the first blow and flings it dangerously down so that it might bounce back up and hit him.

    dthompson98
    dthompson98

    Serena's new coach has very little to speak of prior to getting the privilege of coaching a 28 time grand slam champion and twice Olympic gold medal doubles champ. Seems he has never coached a player into the top 5 of ATP or WTA, and most of his focus/success has been with kids and teens prior to turning pro. Given his history its a sad commentary on the American media's attempt to make the guy something he never been. Any coach  could have achieved what he's claiming with Serena as their player - what has he done BEFORE Serena (well I covered that - nothing)??? By Pat's own admission a coach is not really credible unless he/she can achieve the same or near success with a SECOND player (to-date only Richard Williams has claim to that feat).