Renowned coach highlights trait that sets Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams apart from other players

Patrick Mouratoglou with Serena Williams in the foreground

“It’s all about the mindset” when it comes to reaching the top in tennis with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams testament to that, according to legendary coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

The Frenchman is one of the highest-rated coaches in tennis and has been part of Williams’ coaching set-up for nearly a decade, helping her two add 10 Grand Slams and numerous other trophies to her impressive collection.

He has also coached Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Grigor Dimitrov in the past while of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff are also currently in his stable.

In an informative post on Instagram, Mouratoglou explained what it takes to make it in tennis as he used the likes of Williams, 20-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt as examples.

“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,” he said.

“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 No 1 in the world because he has the mindset of a champion.”

In a second video he explained the importance of his coaching team.

“Our job is to help people process in a way that become what they want to become, because they all want to succeed. But they have no idea how, because they don’t know how they should process, they don’t know what it takes,” he continued.

“In order to be able to do it, you need to feel confident that you are going to make it. Otherwise you will never ever try because you will be too scared to fail, because everyone is scared to fail.”