Serena Williams was unfortunately forced to withdraw from the French Open 2020 on Wednesday. With the dream of 24th Grand Slam title, Serena was entered into this year’s Roland Garros, but her journey ended before playing a second-round match. However, Coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes Williams will be ready for next season.
The french man also explained about Serena’s Achilles tendon. He said that the injury came to light during the US Open semifinals match against Victoria Azarenka last month. And while this year, two Grand Slam events took place in a short span, Williams had no time to recover from an injury before playing French Open entirely.
Speaking about Serena’s withdrawal, the coach said, “It was an extremely difficult decision to make, but we felt there was no other option, and at some point, we had to accept that her body would give us the answer.”
He continued, “So we felt it was the only possible decision. At her age, taking the risk to break an Achilles tendon is not reasonable, and plus, you feel like she’s not able to win the tournament, not moving usually.”
“At some point, it’s better to stop and accept that the body says stop. Take the four, five, six weeks to heal, which will be necessary, then come back to practice and be ready for 2021. It’s sad, but we have to accept it.” the coach added.
“She(Serena) Still Believes, She Still Wants To Do It”- Coach on 24th Grand Slam
Coach Mouratoglou also stated that Serena knew everything at the age of 39-years-old playing tennis, and being a child’s mother is complicated. At the same time, She wants to achieve great things as former world number one eyes on her 24th Grand Slam title.
Additionally, the top coach said, “What I admire the most is that she still has this motivation, whatever setback happens, she’s still there, she still believes, she still wants to do it. It’s great, but it’s tough. But the top level in sport is very cruel, top players have the ability to accept and come back.”