Patrick Mouratoglou was just four years old when his parents took him to a local country club on weekends to play tennis. After that, he seized every opportunity he could to play, practising on the walls of buildings and working hard to become one of the best tennis players in France for his age. However, the young tennis hopeful encountered a major setback when his parents told him to give up on the sport to focus on his studies.
“I was devastated. I felt like it was the end of my life,” Mouratoglou says. “It took me 10 years to recover. Then I decided to spend the rest of my life helping young athletes achieve their goals in tennis.”
Renting two courts in a tennis club in February 1996, he started what would eventually become the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in the South of France, an institution training tennis athletes through a personalised approach. One of the most influential coaches in tennis today, Mouratoglou has trained the world’s top tennis stars, including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Coco Gauff, Holger Rune, Alexei Popyrin, and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, who won 10 of her 23 Grand Slam titles with Mouratoglou as her coach.
Tennis is a wonderful tool that allows people to exceed their limits, embrace their potential and express their personalities.— Patrick Mouratoglou
Convinced that rigorous tennis training delivered alongside a quality school education is ideal for an athlete’s holistic development, Mouratoglou continues his commitment to nurture global tennis talents, expanding the Mouratoglou Academy’s footprint internationally for the first time to Asia with the opening of the Mouratoglou Tennis Programme at Epsom International School, Malaysia in January 2022.
Facilitated by coaches who have been trained under the Mouratoglou methodology, the programme offers immersive and high-performance tennis training, with a rigorous coaching plan designed to reflect student athletes’ individuals skills and aspirations.
In addition to a world-class British boarding education at Epsom International School, students aged 11 and above who are enrolled in the Mouratoglou Tennis Programme will carry out their training in the school’s new purpose-built tennis complex, comprising ITF-compliant outdoor and indoor hard and clay courts, and dedicated physio and training areas.
"One of the most exciting elements in this partnership with Epsom International School is bringing the Mouratoglou philosophy and methodology to the Asian continent, in a great country, a great city, and with a top level partner," enthuses Mouratoglou. "We will discover new students in a new culture, and bring what made us successful to the young athletes there."