Tennis star, 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.
“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.
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.