Serena Williams being told to stop breastfeeding by tennis coach was 'hard to take from a guy'
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Serena Williams: being told to stop breastfeeding by tennis coach was ‘hard to take from a guy’

Serena Williams being told to stop breastfeeding by tennis coach was 'hard to take from a guy'
Serena Williams has revealed that her coach told her to stop breastfeeding to improve her tennis, saying the advice was “hard to take from a guy”.The tennis champion described how she chose to nurse her daughter for her first eight months – despite believing it was harming her return to peak physical form.

However, it became a sore point between the player and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who told her tennis would have to be “priority number one” if she wished to be successful.

The player said when she arrived in France for the clay court training earlier this year, Mouratoglou told her she should stop breastfeeding for the sake of her performance.

“It’s absolutely hard to take from a guy,” Williams told Time Magazine.  “He’s not a woman, he doesn’t understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her.

“I’ve spent my whole life making everyone happy, just servicing it seems like everyone. And this is something I wanted to do.

“You have the power to sustain the life that God gave her. You have the power to make her happy, to calm her. At any other time in your life, you don’t have this magical superpower.”The 23-time grand slam winner reached the final at Wimbledon in July less than a year after giving birth her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, with venture capitalist Alexis Ohanian.

She dedicated her performance to “all the mums out there”, coming just 10 months after she suffered life-threatening complications following an emergency caesarean section.

She suffered the worst defeat of her grand slam career when she lost to Britain’s Johanna Konta in San Jose, California at the end of the month.

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