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“She was watching cartoons with Olympia,” Amelie Mauresmo recalls Serena Williams ignoring coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s instructions before the match

Former World No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo brings out a story from 2020 when Serena Williams refused to listen to any instruction her coach Patrick Mouratoglou was giving.

Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams and Amelie Mauresmo

Former World No. 1 Serena Williams is on her retirement tour with the 2022 Canadian Open being the first event she exits after announcing her retirement. Having won the first round, Serena announced that at the end of the 2022 US Open, she will be saying goodbye to the game once and for all after having played 28 seasons as a Pro.

Serena lost her second-round match in Canada to Belinda Bencic with the Swiss woman winning the match 6-2, 6-4 to register her second win over the American and level the head-to-head. With Williams announcing her retirement, her colleagues and former colleagues have come forward in paying tribute to her stellar career and bringing some interesting stories from the glorious career of the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

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“Her life revolves around her daughter”: Amelie Mauresmo on Serena Williams

Serena Williams with daughter Olympia

One such story was recently narrated by 2-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo who is currently the head of the French Open. Amelie recently spoke with L’Equipe and during the conversation brought out this story of Serena who apart from being arguably the most successful player always had time for her family and prioritised them.

“She is extremely family. It is a clan and its base. With Venus, her other sister (Isha) and her mother, they are always together. Today, her life revolves around her daughter. I remember in Auckland in 2020, at breakfast, Patrick (Mouratolgou, her coach at the time) gave her a match briefing, she wasn’t even listening because she was watching cartoons on the Ipad with Olympia who was dressed as a princess. It was lunatic,” said Amelie.

Ever since the birth of Serena’s daughter Olympia, the mother-daughter duo are often seen in different activities on social media and Olympia is one of the constant companions of Serena in all of the tournament appearances that she has made since the birth of her daughter. Mauresmo’s story is just another example of the bond that Williams sisters share as well and how the family has been going strong since their humble beginnings in Compton.

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