Ronaldo Nazario Takes a Dive Into New Sport, He’s Surprisingly Good

Ronaldo Nazario Takes a Dive Into New Sport, He’s Surprisingly Good

Rene Otinga
updated at March 28, 2024 at 5:21 PM
  • Ronaldo Nazario made a brief crossover from football to tennis
  • The Brazilian had a match with Serena Williams’ former coach
  • Surprisingly, Ronaldo was quite prolific on the racket

Legendary Brazilian forward Ronaldo Nazario recently exhibited a hidden talent as he took on Serena Williams’ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

The two met up in Miami for a tennis match, engaging in a vibrant session at the Miami Gardens.

Ronaldo R9, Tennis, Patrick Mouratoglou, Striker, Football,
Ronaldo R9 linked up with Patrick Mouratoglou for a tennis session recently. Photo: Qian Jun
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Ronaldo, despite being known for his abilities on the football pitch, surprisingly held his own against the much-experienced Mouratoglou as the pair exchanged points in a competitive match.

In a video shared on social media Ronaldo can be seen preparing for the match, and the 2002 World Cup winner is left awed by how fast tennis balls move during a set.

He reveals in the video that he trains tennis ‘every day’ , presumably in far less intimidating settings.

After the game, Mouratoglou took to his Instagram to hail Ronaldo and offered to help the 47-year-old sharpen his skills on th

"It's not every day I get to work with a football legend like Ronaldo. Turns out O Fenomeno is not just a good striker on the pitch. He's handy with a tennis racquet too!" He wrote.

Patrick Mouratoglou achievements

Not many non-tennis fans will be familiar with Patrick Mouratoglou.

However, the Frenchman is a master at tennis, and is partly responsible for Serena Williams’ success.

According to his official website, the 53-year-old has 39 coaching titles in singles and has won the Coach of the Year award four times.

Since 2012, he has won 10 Grand Slam titles with Williams, who is considered the best tennis player in the history of the sport.

Mouratoglou is currently in charge of training Holger Rune, who is still finding his way in the tennis forte, according to Marca.

Rune recently lost in his Miami Open debut to Hungary's Fabian Marozsan, but later revealed on social media that he was struggling with his health during the match.

Ronaldo Nazario during Egypt Cup final

Earlier in March, R9 was in the Middle East on a different endeavour alongside Jose Mourinho.

As Sports Brief reported, the Brazilian made a surprise cameo in the Egypt Cup final to present the trophy.

A video online showed Mourinho strutting his stuff with the trophy in his hands, with Ronaldo Nazario in an Al-Ahly shirt. Roma legend Francesco Totti represented Zamalek as he wore their kit.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and