Williams' coach on board for conference

Serena Williams leaving the practice courts with coach Patrick Mouratoglou after a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Serena Williams leaving the practice courts with coach Patrick Mouratoglou after a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. PHOTO: REUTERS

Local coaches and tennis enthusiasts will be able to gain an insight into what it is like to coach a world No. 1 when Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams' coach, speaks at a coaches' conference in Singapore next month.

The Frenchman was unveiled yesterday as a keynote speaker for the Tennis Coaches Conference. It will be held in conjunction with the Oct 23-Nov 1 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

Mouratoglou will be on a panel that includes WTA legend Martina Navratilova and Carlos Kirmayr, a retired player who also coached former women's world No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.

The conference is a full-day seminar that includes a half-day practical on-court demonstration.

Participants can expect to learn about what it takes to coach and condition a player from the grassroots level to the pinnacle that is the professional tennis tour.

Mouratoglou, 45, is the first established coach Williams has turned to beside her parents during her professional career.

He took charge of the American's training after her shock first-round loss to Virginie Razzano of France at the 2012 French Open and has added much glitter to her already stellar CV.

Before being coached by Mouratoglou, Williams won 65 per cent of matches against top 10 players (111 wins and 59 losses).

Since working with the Frenchman, that statistic has shot up to 91 per cent (52 wins and five losses).

She won 13 of the 47 Majors she played in before being coached by Mouratoglou.

Since then, she has won eight of 14 Slams.

Said Navratilova: "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."

She added: "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."

Each package for the conference costs $250.

It includes a pair of Category 2 tickets to the WTA Finals at the Singapore Sports Hub.

••Registration can be completed at wtafinals.cvent.com/CoachesConference2015

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2015, with the headline 'Williams' coach on board for conference'. Print Edition | Subscribe