sport news Serena Williams' ex-coach talks down Novak Djokovic's Australian Open chances ... trends now

sport news Serena Williams' ex-coach talks down Novak Djokovic's Australian Open chances ... trends now
sport news Serena Williams' ex-coach talks down Novak Djokovic's Australian Open chances ... trends now

sport news Serena Williams' ex-coach talks down Novak Djokovic's Australian Open chances ... trends now

Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will find it a lot tougher going in the 2023 edition according to Serena Williams' former coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. 

The 52-year-old coach, who led Williams to her sixth and seventh Australian Open titles and is currently coaching rising star Holger Rune, said Djokovic's 'emotional baggage' from the deportation drama would be tough to deal with. 

The superstar 35-year-old Serb was deported in January last year, and had to miss the tournament, following intervention from the Australian government, who said the fact he was unvaccinated and a prominent 'anti-vaxxer' meant he could pose a risk to the community.

Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd after winning his first match of the Adelaide International on Tuesday

Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd after winning his first match of the Adelaide International on Tuesday

It was a prolonged saga lasting almost two weeks, during which time Djokovic spent time in an immigration detention centre in Melbourne that refugees at the time labelled 'a torture prison'.

Mouratoglou said that experience was bound to scratch some of the 21-time Grand Slam champion's mental scars as he looks to justify his $2.50 (TAB.com.au) favourtism for the title. 

Serena Williams' (left) former coach Patrick Mouratoglou (right), who guided the US superstar to two Australian Open titles, says if Djokovic is to win Down Under this year he'll have to overcome some difficult mental demons

Serena Williams' (left) former coach Patrick Mouratoglou (right), who guided the US superstar to two Australian Open titles, says if Djokovic is to win Down Under this year he'll have to overcome some difficult mental demons

'It's going to be tough for Novak in Australia, that's for sure,' he told Eurosport.

'He going to carry a big emotional baggage. He's been through so much, emotionally speaking. Nobody is immune ... it's going to be hard.'

For his part, Djokovic, who is currently in South Australia for the Adelaide International, is eager to remember all the good times he has enjoyed in Australia since first winning the Open in 2008. 

Novak Djokovic is taken away from an immigration detention facility in Melbourne in January 2022 after his visa was cancelled

Novak Djokovic is taken away from an immigration detention facility in Melbourne in January 2022 after his visa was cancelled

The unvaccinated Djokovic arrived in Australia, and after a saga lasting almost two weeks was deported due to placing the public's health and safety at risk, according to the government

The unvaccinated Djokovic arrived in Australia, and after a saga lasting almost two weeks was deported due to placing the public's health and safety at risk, according to the government

'What happened to me 12 months ago was not easy for me or my family or team ... you can't forget those events. It's something I have never experienced before and hopefully never again,' he told reporters upon arriving in Australia last week.

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