Q&A with Patrick Mouratoglou

Feb 26, 2018
ELITE TENNIS / Interview

Describe your coaching philosophy today? And how that has evolved since you first started with Marcos?

PM: The first lesson I learned was that, as a coach, I had to put my preconceptions on the side, forget them and keep a fresh and empty mind. The coach will have to receive all sorts of information for what they are and without any kind of judgment. Any preconception would alternate the reality of them.

I think that one of the reasons of my success is not that I finally found the right recipe to be successful with players thanks to all my experience. It is exactly the opposite. I succeed with my players because I always start every coaching experience as a freshman. I have seen throughout my 20 years on tour some coaches having great results with one player and start to think that now they know how to go to the top of the game. Then, they start to apply what they think is a winning recipe to the next players and of course it does not work because each of them requires a totally different approach. That’s what makes our job so interesting.

I believe that many coaches have a great potential. The way they approach their job will make them progress or not, and be successful or not. More than the knowledge, it is the philosophy and work ethics that will make a huge difference.

This is the most important thing that I learned and applied since the start and thanks to that, I am still learning all the time. I love to work with coaches. At Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Nice, I have a group of 25 coaches working full time. During the year, I propose courses for coaches. The goal of it is to help them think the right way in order to develop their potential as coaches. Coaches often read coaching books, but you added self-help guru Tony Robbins to your collection. What did his books add to your education as a…
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