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Patrick Mouratoglou wants tennis to change!

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Not the rules, per se – although he’s clear about certain laws of the game that need changes. Rather, he wants attitudes towards the sport to be shifted. His arguments are compelling and delivered in such an articulate, open and well thought out manner that’s it’s hard not to be persuaded by his outlook. We’re sat in his office at the famed Mouratoglou academy. There are items scattered around the room such as signed memorabilia from Andy Murray – the former world No. 1 also has a court named after him on the site like great rival Novak Djokovic and, of course, Serena Williams, who he coaches – and John McEnroe. But one piece stands out more than the rest: a pair of boxing gloves, signed by Mike Tyson, take pride of place on his desk. ‘Who’s not a fan of Tyson? Especially at my age,’ Mouratoglou says exclusively to Metro.co.uk. ‘All the people at my age we were waking up every time he was boxing – even though we were not boxing fans – at 3 o’clock in the morning to watch two minutes because before the first round he would kill the guy. He was such a superstar.’ It becomes increasingly clear why Mouratoglou is such an admirer of the American heavyweight. He loves the show.
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While boxing is never short of knockout blows, name-calling and drama, Mouratoglou thinks tennis has become ‘flat’. ‘We have to live in our century and tennis is very much behind other sports,’ he says. ‘I’m talking to the big governing bodies around the world to try and change that because we need to, it’s the moment. If we don’t do it now it’s going to be too late.’ Many have expressed concerns about how tennis will cope in the era beyond the ‘Big Four’ and Serena Williams, but Mouratoglou’s fears lie off the court. ‘I’m not thinking about the players, I’m thinking about the figures,’ he adds. ‘If you look at the figures, the average age of the tennis fan is 62 years old. If we don’t do it now, it’s too late. ‘Obviously the way tennis is run all around the world is not the right way because we’re not attractive to young people. We’re attractive to old people and even then I’m not sure we’re attractive, I think it’s the fans of tennis who came in the 70s and 80s and stayed, who are still fans. ‘So 10 years ago the average age was 52. Now it’s 62. So in 10 years it will be 72 if we don’t move now. It’s time to move. It’s time to realise that tradition is fantastic but if because of tradition and only tradition you lose everyone it’s less fantastic so you have to keep some tradition to this sport of course but you also have to live in your century. ( look at this @crazillo )
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‘That’s the big thing, the next thing we have to do in the next years but not too late. Before it’s too late. There is a big change that has to happen to our sport now. Now.‘ Mouratoglou anticipates the punchline when told of an example of a young person who isn’t fond of tennis. ‘But the only thing she likes is Nick Kyrgios. I knew it,’ he smiles. ‘It’s the same for everybody. And why? Because Nick Kyrgios is giving to people what tennis doesn’t give to them. It’s simple. ‘If you look at the sports that are incredibly successful, especially to this generation, soccer, all the American sports… look at what they have and what we don’t have. It’s not that complicated. If tennis didn’t make those changes it’s because of the people who I call “the traditional people” who refuse any kind of change. ‘It’s not about changing the game. A game is a game. I don’t think we will change… should have shorter sets. No, do simple things to let people enter through a door that makes them be excited. If you let all the players express themselves, show who they are.
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‘You will have people who like or dislike players and then be excited by the show. If we don’t know who is who because everyone is behaving the same then it’s boring. We don’t think it’s boring because we love tennis. But bring someone who doesn’t love tennis and they will think it’s incredibly boring.’ Though he accepts football will be hard to oust as the most watched sport on the planet, he is passionate about keeping tennis high on the agenda and fearful of its decline. ‘I watched yesterday (Manchester United vs Barcelona in the Champions League) and I’m not a soccer fan and you have 10 reasons to jump from your couch,’ he adds. ’10 times, 20 times. ‘And then you go to the café and you order a drink and you say “oh this happened and this guy and this is not normal…” – there is emotion, there is controversy and we need that. Otherwise it’s flat. We are flat. And we could be incredibly exciting. Kyrgios is the only guy who makes it not flat, this is why everyone is after him.’ Mouratoglou was, of course, a major protagonist in tennis’ biggest controversy of the last decade. Caught red handed when trying to pass Williams instructions in the infamous 2018 US Open final, Williams then lost her cool branding umpire Carlos Ramos a ‘sexist’ and a ‘thief’ in remarkable scenes at Flushing Meadows.
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Mouratoglou’s desire for more controversy begs the question: was Serena’s meltdown actually good for tennis? ‘You understand it’s a very difficult question to answer for me,’ Mouratogou laughs.’But you know the answer. You know the answer. ‘I think Hawk-Eye is a mistake, too. It shouldn’t be ok. Again, no controversy. Before, McEnroe was crazy. It was great. We had fun. Now, “oh the ball is out, okay”. Flat. ‘Technology is great, it’s fantastic. But come on, we don’t want everything to be flat. We want to argue because the ball was in and we’re so disappointed because my player – I mean as a fan – lost because of this awful chair umpire and then you have something to talk about with your friends and then there is controversy. People watch. ‘You watch a movie to have emotions. You watch sport to have emotions. If you cut all the emotion, why would you look at tennis itself? Because you are crazy with the sport itself… Yes, it’s a very few people. If you want to bring new people to tennis you have to think how. It’s not the right way. ‘Hawk-Eye is a mistake. No coaching is a mistake. Code of conduct is a mistake. Big mistake. Big mistake. Let people be themselves on a tennis court, then people have a chance to get to know them, like them, dislike them and when they’re going to watch a match something is going to happen they’re going to root for somebody and they’re going to have emotions. Otherwise you’re going to root for nobody.’ Mouratoglou has written passionately about coaching before and made no secret of his desire for it to be implemented across the board as is currently the case on the WTA Tour.
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‘Coaching on the court… look at what’s happening in other sports. It’s so exciting to watch,’ he says. ‘It brings show, otherwise you have no show. It’s very exciting. ‘You don’t have interaction, you don’t get to learn the strategies for the guy who is watching. It’s so interesting the strategy, why do this, why do this? Then you have suddenly, in the final in Indian Wells (between Bianca Andreescu and Angelique Kerber). The coach was great I think, he did an unbelievable job and the match suddenly completely switched. ‘It was so exciting. I think the speech was inspiring. The guy was really, really great. He did a great job and he changed the match. It was really exciting to witness. ‘And sometimes it’s going to be something else, sometimes they’re going to fight. You know the player, because you see the player in a moment of emotion. It’s something you never see. I’m fed up with perfection. Nobody is perfect. Don’t try to show something that is fake. People don’t like fake. You create fake.’
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The issue, he believes, extends to treatment of the players. ‘Serena it’s not true, she is criticised more than anyone. But Federer, yes. If you criticise Federer or Nadal… it’s impossible to say something,’ Mouratoglou says. ‘Okay they’re perfect, fantastic. And? They’re sports icons, they’re the best players of all time. It’s difficult to criticise them, they’re perfect. Nobody is perfect. ‘But we’re not here to show their imperfections, that’s not what I’m saying. I’m just saying it’s exciting to have a real world to witness and take part of as a fan be excited by some players, dislike others and feel emotions when you’re watching a show. ‘Tennis should permit that, that’s what I’m saying. So let’s do it now.’ It’s abundantly clear Mouratoglou wants to make sweeping changes in tennis. Indeed, he has written to all the sport’s governing bodies in a bid to encourage action. But one widely-documented change courtesy of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has irked the Frenchman.
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‘This new… reform we say in French, let’s call it rules,’ he becomes increasingly more animated at the mention of the highly controversial World Tennis Tour. ‘It’s a disaster. It’s a disaster. ‘The positive thing of the ITF is it’s the only governing body that changes things. That’s great. They say we want to change things. The negative thing is what they change is wrong. This has to come back to what it was before. Definitely. Definitely. ‘Otherwise tennis is going to be also for that reason will be in trouble. We go through a tough time. It’s time to move. To wake up. It’s time to wake up. ‘It’s like a career of a player. One or two or three important moments you have to take the right decisions and then your career goes… if you don’t take decisions – which is something happening for too long now – or you make the wrong decisions then you kill your career. That’s exactly what is happening to tennis at the moment.’ Serena Williams singles record under Mouratoglou Australian Open: Winner (2015, 2017) French Open: Winner (2015) Wimbledon: Winner (2012, 2015, 2016) US Open: Winner (2012, 2013, 2014) Olympics: Gold (2012) What exactly is the problem with the new system? ‘The problem is simple,’ he concludes. ‘If you don’t have players between 100 and 1000 in the world, a good group of players who work hard to get to the top of the game, there is no tennis anymore. ‘They’re making tennis because they’re going to be the ones at the top of the game. If tomorrow they stop playing or their level goes down because only the rich guys can play and the good guys will not play anymore – that’s what is starting to happen – then you’re finished. ‘The level is going to drop. The problem is it’s incredibly expensive already and all the players in 100 to 1000 in the world are struggling. ‘The good decision is to find a way to give much more prize money to those people. It’s not normal that a guy who is 150 in the world doesn’t make a living. What is this? There is so much money in that sport. This is not normal.
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‘A guy who is 400 in the world should make a living. So, this would be good decisions and there are ways to do that. Definitely ways. ‘The problem is, with the ITF rules it’s even worse. Now you have to go through juniors – there’s no other option – so you start to spend twice more money than before. It doesn’t make any sense. ‘There is no chance this is going to work. No chance. So you know what is going to happen? A lot of guys are going to stop. ‘Then they’ll do something else, they might go into a club to teach tennis and the guys who are going to play is the guys who have rich parents so the level is going to be low. Not all of them but most of them so you’re done. This has to stop straightaway.’
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Re: Patrick Mouratoglou wants tennis to change!

WTA CEO Simon also wants change. This is a multi-billion euro sport and when a new star arrives, like Osaka, it often energizes a whole nation. Guys like this are dangerous to the sport

". It’s abundantly clear Mouratoglou wants to make sweeping changes in tennis. Indeed, he has written to all the sport’s governing bodies in a bid to encourage action"
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WTA CEO Simon also wants change. This is a multi-billion euro sport and when a new star arrives, like Osaka, it often energizes a whole nation. Guys like this are dangerous to the sport

". It’s abundantly clear Mouratoglou wants to make sweeping changes in tennis. Indeed, he has written to all the sport’s governing bodies in a bid to encourage action"

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Re: Patrick Mouratoglou wants tennis to change!

the only thing i disagree with is his take on hawkeye. but the rest is spot on.
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Can he just shut up ?

Nobody want another freaking Kyrgios. Not having moronic hillbillies is the last thing that separates tennis from most global sports and it's fine this way. PM is so arrogant that he transforms a "I'm bored" narrative into "the whole world is bored". Coach another sport if you're so bored.

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Well I loved KaroPlease crashing her racket against the umpire's chair. That's cool, that shows passion. Then Sakkari's face pretending to be scared... that was so ugly, so PC.


Maybe he has a point, maybe politeness and personality homogenization is killing the sport.



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I wonder what he thinks of the Sharapova doping controversy. That was definitely the most controversial thing to happen in tennis in the last few years.
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He seems more interested in making tennis a sideshow than appreciating the sport for what it is. He should just watch more Cornet, Strycova and Poots matches... be content with the drama and then stfu.

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‘Hawk-Eye is a mistake. No coaching is a mistake. Code of conduct is a mistake. Big mistake. Big mistake. Let people be themselves on a tennis court, then people have a chance to get to know them, like them, dislike them and when they’re going to watch a match something is going to happen they’re going to root for somebody and they’re going to have emotions [...]'
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This guy gives himself too much importance like tennis will change because he thinks it isnt doing well. I have never seen such an attention seeker . Tennis is doing well without drama aka big 3 and please they appeal to kids too. My 10 year old niece wakes up for grandpa roger matches at night!
Serena should get rid of this guy.
Only thing he has pretty privilege so i cant even hate him either.
But he needs to understand tennis will do fine
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Basically he says this sport needs crazy shit and controversy to happen all the time. I suppose players will need acting lessons and we should get rid of umpires. Too bad players can't hold a racket while wearing boxing gloves too! That would rock! So why football is so successful without crazy shit and controversy? Sounds like the dude is off.
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Now that the Mouratoglou Open has ended, he needs some relevance at least until Rome. Issues on the ITF mess makes sense in a way though.
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So basically still trying to justify Serena´s outburst and her subsequent fight for human rights, women rights, motherhood rights, children rights, african-american rights, animal rights, and blah blah.


I like players to show more personality/emotions on court and feel rules are way too strict, when it comes to cursing or racquet abuse, but please don´t BS me afterwards with some self-righteous act....

When Pliskova wrecked the umpire´s chair, she didn´t claim that she did it to show that these chairs were made out of unsafe material. That she was genuinely concernced that a cheap chair step could break, an umpire tumble forward, fall onto a kneeling ballkid underneath and break both their necks.

Damn now that I think about it Pliskova was fighting for labour rights, workplace safety and children rights, when she wrecked the chair. Who knew. Maybe somebody on ESPNW can write a 3000 word article about it. Also Conchita needs to some interviews in Spanish. Get the word out, what a great humanitarian Pliskova is.

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i actually didn't know about the average tennis fan age being that high, 62 is really something. interesting read, tho most of his proposals are just plain bad. jmac was and is a bad boy, but at least he had the results and charisma to draw in audience, while nick basically is a spoiled toddler crying for candy. def not what a global sport of such magnitude needs or should aspire.


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Players are allowed to have their own personality. Look at Sharapova before the ban, and it's not like she's been receiving code violations over the years like Kyrgios does. Just because it supposedly makes the game 'more exciting' doesn't mean you're allowed to tank matches or throw insults to your opponent/umpire/line judges or whoever on court without any consequences No modern sports would allow that. Controversies will bring talk and attention to the sport, not necessarily fans who pay money to attend/watch matches.

Oh well isn't it ironic that Serena's coach is suggesting that hawk-eye shouldn't be a thing? Go tell Serena what happened in 2004 was totally fine and justified because it supposedly made the sport more exciting
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The sport is not exactly at decline. Attendance at major tennis tournaments is at all time high. Prize money and sponsorships as well. It will never be as popular as team sports but so what.... You don’t want to attract viewership for the wrong reasons.

Patrick is getting old, nostalgic and out of touch. The on-court behaviour of McEnroe or Kyrgios does not fly well today. The outburst of Serena neither. Players like Naomi are emblematic of the ideals of the new generation: muti-cultural, slightly quirky but still cool and capable.
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