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Omg thanks for pointing me to this interview. The whole interview is just so funny, too bad you guys don't understand romanian... he has such a weird, eccentric way of speaking :hysteric:

He doesn't even address Serena by name, just calls her "that old woman" or "that granny" something like that but otherwise it's one of the more respectful statements about her he's given in the romanian media. He doesn't give interviews that often but I'm sure if his protégé Halep beats Serena in the final he'll come out with some more quality bashing :hearts: :cheer:
 

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In one thread Serena's coach says Tiriac should respect Serena, and in another thread he's insulting the top players for #1 moving around
Be consistent Patrick! Either accept that men insult the womans tour or dont be a part of that trolling if you're going to call out other trolls
Not the same thing. One is a personal attack, the other is about the state of the game. Not to mention one is a racist.
 

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There's a point underneath all his shitty language. Clearly any plan to play Serena involves moving her and trying to expose her footwork; on an off day this will pay huge dividends, but if she is on there's really very little you can do unless you match her power and athleticism toe to toe e.g. prime Venus.

Of course trying to move her does not mean you just push and get the ball back; Serena is too astute on court for you to expose her that way, and before you know it she'll be ripping groundstrokes and you find yourself the only one being yanked around the court. You need a degree of aggressiveness and aim for the lines; not too close such that you make too many mistakes, but close enough that you're not playing too central a ball. I mean, that's the hardest thing about playing Serena, your effective hitting zones within the court are *small*. During her peak this effective zone is around 1/8 of the court width away from any line, that's really just a sliver. Now that she's older, I think the effective zone has expanded to around 3/16 to 1/4 of the court width. It's bigger (because she is older and her movement is definitely not young Serena levels), but can you exploit it?

Tiriac definitely could have made his point better, but I guess this is what he is trying to say. Can Halep do it? She'll need to be brave and go for her shots, and she'll need to redline enough. Tall order, Serena is still the favorite, but she has a semblance of a chance. But one thing's for sure: if Simona grinds and stands back it's all over.
You think Halep can do any of that. The foolish man just motivated Serena to routine his girl.
 

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Who the hell is this scrub and why do people care what he says about elite tennis players? He can go somewhere and be the flop that he is. PERIOD. I can guarantee you Serena doesn't give two fucks about this dude.:haha::haha:
 

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I'm going to try a translation that's as close to the original as possible.

Although that old lady is 36 or 37 years-old, for tennis that's not very young. Let's be honest, she is also overweight. But, when she as they say, smacks it, the ball goes twice as fast than any other.

Now, if you make her move two times, she won't reach it, that's for sure. Can you move her though? What came first, the chicken or the egg? What is it, her hit that ends you or can you be the first to make her move and finish her with the second?

But if you don't end the point quickly, from three hits she will get a winner. On paper, Simona could win with either one (Strycova or Serena) and pretty easily.
Normally, in this ultra-PC world we live in, I wouldn't have an issue with these kinds of statements. The problem is that he's putting Simona in a very awkward position. Serena is her idol and also considers her a friend but Tiriac helped her negotiate the contract with Nike and gave her a lot of useful advice on how to manage her career.

Just recently, Simona posted two photos with Tiriac on Instagram. One, from his birthday party, the other congratulating him for becoming head of the Romanian Tennis Federation. Given the context, I don't know what he was thinking, making those statements.
 

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Serena Wiliams should respect umpires, opponents, fans, linesmen, media, random drug testers and grass courts says everyone.
 

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They're both full of shit. The difference is Mouratoglu has results behind him, what did Tiriac even do? Oh right he won a slam, oh wait, it was in doubles.

He's a nobody that nobody even knows outside of Romania, and he's desperately clinging onto the career of Simona for a shred of relevance now that the last years of his life are approaching him faster and faster.
Do you realise that he brings 100 million euro profit every year to Madrid, one of the richest cities and capitals in Europe? Ion Tiriac is International Tennis Hall of Famer, inducted in 2013. He's one of the most known businessmen on the continent. Played 3 Davis Cup finals against United States, for your knowledges. Managed, coached or adviced one of the greatest players in tennis, from Villas, to Leconte or Becker, then Ivanisevic, Mary Joe Fernandez and Safin.

If you think his contribution to the sport wasn't major? - excellent tennis player; - coach; - advisor; -tennis manager; tennis investor (held tournaments in Germany, Romania, Spain etc) Ion is the guy who ran the ATP Finals in Hannover in the 90s, currently relocated to London.

I can name a few of his best friends: Wolfgang Porsche, Georges Marsan, Rudolf Streicher, Iñigo Herrera Martínez de Campos, Stefano Ricci, Franz Josef Rauch, Erich Hampel, Siegfried Wolf, Mark Miles, Boris Becker, Klaus Mangold, Alfred Baumhauer of Cartier Jewels etc.

Ion > French "Mourat"

Who did launch Mouratoglu to the highest level? He has only trained 2nd tier player, beside Serena Williams. He made a name on her back.
 

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Tell me a top 10 player who was launched by Mouratoglu. A solid top 10 player who was there for years.

Tiriac trained before becoming agent/manager Ilie Nastase, Guillermo Vilas, Mary Joe Fernández, Goran Ivanisevic and Marat Safin.

Mourat is not over him not even in terms of coaching. Baghdatis, Pavlyuchenkova and Wickmayer. That's all besides Serena Williams. The others worked with him some months or a year. Mouratoglu is one of the most overrated figures in tennis.
 

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Why did the others work for him only some months? Because he's that good? Don't forget Wim Fissette is a pretty good coach and doesn't have such great results lately, Mourat is the wondermaker? When nobody wants to work with him? Name a top player who wants to work with him.

Now he took this talented Tsitsipas, ALREADY TALENTED, wondering if he will bring him at least to the level of Dominic Thiem.

An awesome coach like Darren Cahill almost gets 0 recognition on TF, because he's not American or linked to the United States. Brought back Agassi to no 1 after major problems, produced Leyton Hewitt, launched Halep etc

Serena was already a 20-time singles champion in Slams, before Mourat.

The American magazines gives him more credit than to Brad Gilbert and others, also because he had a relationship with Serena. His name was also in tabloids.

Cheated on his wife who filled divorce because of an affair. Dumped his wife, dumped Serena, now that's celebrity.

For Serena it's more psychological and about not eating chocolate. She can be trained by any decent coach. She doesn't even need a coach, a hitting partner like Sasha Bajin would be fine. Yeah, Bajin is a lot more qualified than him. Sasha Bajin is a great sparring partner, ask Osaka, Sloane, everybody.
 

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Do you realise that he brings 100 million euro profit every year to Madrid, one of the richest cities and capitals in Europe? Ion Tiriac is International Tennis Hall of Famer, inducted in 2013. He's one of the most known businessmen on the continent. Played 3 Davis Cup finals against United States, for your knowledges. Managed, coached or adviced one of the greatest players in tennis, from Villas, to Leconte or Becker, then Ivanisevic, Mary Joe Fernandez and Safin.

If you think his contribution to the sport wasn't major? - excellent tennis player; - coach; - advisor; -tennis manager; tennis investor (held tournaments in Germany, Romania, Spain etc) Ion is the guy who ran the ATP Finals in Hannover in the 90s, currently relocated to London.

I can name a few of his best friends: Wolfgang Porsche, Georges Marsan, Rudolf Streicher, Iñigo Herrera Martínez de Campos, Stefano Ricci, Franz Josef Rauch, Erich Hampel, Siegfried Wolf, Mark Miles, Boris Becker, Klaus Mangold, Alfred Baumhauer of Cartier Jewels etc.

Ion > French "Mourat"

Who did launch Mouratoglu to the highest level? He has only trained 2nd tier player, beside Serena Williams. He made a name on her back.
If the money invested in WTA was the main criteria, then none is more important than Xi Jinping :lol: :tape: Tiriac seems really cringeworthy to me. :eek:
 

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If Moratoglou is responding, it means Serena heard/read what Tiriac said.
Serena gets along well with Halep, but this Tiriac dude must have complicated things for Halep. Now, not only Serena is hungry to win #24, she also wants to beat Tiriac, indirectly. I can almost guaranty there will be no slow start on Saturday. When she looks at the other side of the net Saturday, she won't see her friend Halep, she will see Tiriac ... and she will be in the mood to totally shut him up. :) :) :)

Tiriac doesn't like Halep.... Otherwise, he'd keep his mouth shut until after the match.
He should ask Sloane and Sharapova about their behavior following their last wins against Serena.
Serena is super pumped up when she sees those 2 at the other side of the net.

Tiriac, please get out of Halep's business. You just made things worse.
 

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Tiriac also advices Halep from what I know and just won the Romanian federation's chair. I think he's just trying to motivate her. But I don't know why people are complaining, he has also spoken positively regarding Serena, and all what he has said negatively it's in player's favour. What did he say bad? That the sportsmen shouldn't be overweight. Too bad that he's too old to run the international federations and that he's sexist.

I wonder what are his opinions about the poor state of the ATP Tour. Because after Federer and Nadal will retire, the people will understand how bad is the level now on men. And many will migrate to the WTA (women).

He also ran the Romanian Olympic Committee 20 years ago or so, I think that also with positions in the international board.
 

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Yeah nobody knows Tiriac.
Outside of the Balkan, nobody really does, and I'm talking about the general public. Of course tennis players know him.
 

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What is exactly mouratoglu’s results? I dont like tiriac but he has had a good playing career. Everybody knows serena would have achieved everything she achieved without patrick. Serena just hired him cause richard cant travel anymore, serena also trained with richard prior to wimbledon up until 2016 when richard had his stroke.

Also, almost everybody that has worked with patrick has spoken ill of him. How unrealistic he is. It only works with serena cause serena has already unrealistic expectations of herself being a perfectionist. And everything serena has changed in her game is due to richard not patrick. Serena was working on her top spins with her dad during the off season prior to 2012. Mouratoglu owes his fame to Serena.
You always aim in life to do better than what you think you can do, it keeps you motivated.

When I started my new job, I knew it was unrealistic to climb up the ladder in short notice, but I worked hard regardless, and against odds, I got appointed faster than the guy that's been there for half a decade. It's obviously different for athletes, but you can never say something is unrealistic, because once you do, you're never going to think you'll be able to do it.
 

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Umm. By your own criteria: how many slams did Mouratoglou win (either in singles or in doubles?). Or at least, ATP tournaments? How many Davis Cup finals has he played?
Concerning the coaching/manager career, Tiriac was not so bad after all, see one of the above posts (he used to work with some ATP N.1 bringing them to that ranking or guiding them to some Slams) while Mouratoglou took the one-time phenomenon called Serena Williams as a player already accomplished previously under the guidance of a certain Richard Williams.
Of course, Tiriac has no sweet tongue and may seem rightfully rude at times, but the guy knows a lot about tennis.
You can say what you want about Patrick, but he did improve Serena tremendously, as a fan I did notice all the improvements he did. She was more calm on court overal (minus her usual loud moments), started utilizing her other strengths more, improved her weaknesses and made the later part of her career even better than the first part.

I don't think without Patrick Serena would have won another French Open, because she was just too nervous every time she went to Paris, when he joined her team, slowly you noticed her being more and more relaxed at that slam, that's an important factor of a good coach, being the calm environment for them to thrive in.
 

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I honestly believe that Tiriac's (and Natase's) comments about Serena has resulted in Serena always playing her best against Halep. Losing to Halep would make them so happy and that can't happen.
 
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Tiriac is scum.

His comments are not 'she shouldn't have shouted at that umpire', his comments are always about weight and her 'having more power'...

It's racist, chauvinist bollocks and it's clear as day.

Thankfully, he's effectively a nobody outside the tennis world (and somewhat inside) while Serena Williams is the GOAT and a worldwide icon.
 

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Outside of the Balkan, nobody really does, and I'm talking about the general public. Of course tennis players know him.
Balkan?? Why would he be known there? :eek: :eek: He's mostly known in Germany where he spend most of his life and more recently in Spain after moving his tournament there. I guess he's also known in the US a bit but mostly to older people who remember stuff like:

 

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You can say what you want about Patrick, but he did improve Serena tremendously, as a fan I did notice all the improvements he did. [...]
You argued he'd been of some psychological help for Serena. The point was still another one: during his career as a tennis coach/manager, Tiriac has proven definitely more than Mouratoglou by leading to successful careers several players who had yet to confirm, while the latter basically made his name bringing more balance to an already tennis legend late career. I won't deny that Mouratoglou has been helpful to Serena, but I fail to see how on earth could his coaching contribution overshadow Tiriac's coaching/managing history. Of course, you should do your homework before arguing that some results are better than the ones you fail to mention here.
And you still owe an answer to the first paragraph: since you are according a high importance to Tiriac tennis career, how many slams/tournaments has won Patrick, how many times has he represented his country in Davis Cup finals? Would that be because the required numbers amount to nil and you feel to lose the argument with an accomplished athlete who played at a definitely competitive level not only tennis but also ice hockey?!
 
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