Tennis: Serena Williams' coach to speak at conference here in October

Tennis star Serena Williams and coach Patrick Mouratoglou after a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
Tennis star Serena Williams and coach Patrick Mouratoglou after a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of women's world No. 1 Serena Williams, will be one of the keynote speakers at this year's Tennis Coaches Conference, a full-day seminar held alongside the Oct 23-Nov 1 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore.

The Frenchman is part of a line-up that also includes Carlos Kirmayr, coach of former world No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario; Marcus Lee, the Singapore Sports Institute's head of sports biomechanics; and Kathy Martin, WTA's senior director for athlete assistance.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova will also be on the panel. She said: "The line separating the good from the truly great players has never been thinner. Conditioning, psychology and tactical preparation are crucial to help players achieve the most out of their talent.

"Behind every world-class tennis player is a world-class coach, working to unlock a player's potential. A top coach and team can help to maximise that potential, and having that kind of support is an essential part of the modern player's armoury."

Participants of the conference can expect to get a greater understanding of what it takes to take a player from the grassroots level to the pinnacle of the sport.

The full-day seminar is held on Oct 26 at the Conrad Centennial, with a half-day practical on-court demonstration at the Kallang Tennis Centre the next day. The $250 package includes a pair of Category 2 tickets to the WTA Finals.

For more information, visit wtafinals.cvent.com/CoachesConference2015

Meanwhile, Sport Singapore will also be organising an ActiveSG tennis teachers' workshop for all school teachers, as well as an ActiveSG Junior Tennis Clinic for school students next month. Both events are targeted at bringing the sport to schools.