| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club (MPRC) has announced the addition of its newest tennis pro, Julien Morel. Julien has many years of professional competitive and coaching experience, and began coaching ATP/WTA players on a part-time basis in 2000, including such players as Mary Pierce at the French Open 2000 (winner), Alexandra Stevenson at the French Open 2001 (advanced to the third round), and Venus and Serena Williams at the 2001 U.S. Open (both made the Finals).

Born in Rouen, Normandy, France, Julien started playing tennis at the age of four and competed in national and international junior tournaments until 1991. Julien turned professional in 1992 and played on the ATP tour until 2001. Julien’s best ATP rankings include 680th in singles and 540th in doubles.
Following his move to New York City in 2001, Julien has taught at various tennis clubs in New York City, such as the Columbus Racquet Club (2001), Tennisport Inc. (2001-2008), CityView Racquet Club (2008-2012), and now with MPRC.

Julien teaches tennis to all levels and ages, and enjoys giving technical instruction, as well as teaching endurance training to children and adults.

Julien is the brother of MPRC International Tour Coach Olivier Morel. Julien is a few years younger than Olivier, but the two trained together in France for a short period as youngsters and then went their separate ways. Olivier said, that in France, the government pays fully for sports training, and that is a good system, but added that the government does not pay for tournaments and travel. Olivier coached 2012 Australian Open winner and current world number one-ranked women’s player Victoria Azarenka in 2010, Ana Ivanovic in 2011, and since last summer, Olivier has been coaching professional tennis player Sergei Bubka.