Former World No.01 Serena Williams is in search of her record 24th Grand Slam win in the US Open 2020. The tournament is to begin on August 31. Meanwhile, Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes she came back to tennis to win Grand Slams.
The American great will look to the equal record of Australian Margaret Court, who holds 24 Grand Slams. Additionally, Williams’s coach said that she is working hard for the event. Further that the American is more focused than ever.
In an interview with Tennis Majors, Mouratoglou said, “Serena is practicing of course. She came back to tennis to win Grand Slams. Otherwise, she would be at home with her family, which she is doing also.”
He further said, “She also runs her business full-time. She came back only for that. Hence, she wants to play and wants to do well, so she is preparing for that.”
Although US Open Organizers hope on holding the tournament from August 31 to September 13 and it will play in closed doors and there are no draws for mixed doubles. However, the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country possesses challenges to the happening of the event. Mouratoglou and Serena are well aware of this too.
“You Want To See A Grand Slam With All The Countries”- Patrick Mouratoglou
The Frenchman coach said that the event should continue only if players from different countries can travel to the US. Also, he explained that the safety of the players and staff in the game must be the priority.
“I think that questions a lot the fact that it should happen or not. I think it starts to be difficult for the US Open to occur if you can’t have, say, South Americans or Australians. Europeans, a lot of them maybe will decide not to go as they wish to play also Madrid, Rome as well as Roland-Garros.” He further added, “You want to see a Grand Slam with all the countries.” Patrick Mouratoglou concluded.
Earlier this year, Wimbledon was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, USTA is looking to hold the event for they have no financial security, unlike Wimbledon.