Former World No. 1 Simona Halep recently announced their new head coach in the form of a French tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou who was the coach of the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams since 2012 in one of the most successful partnerships on the WTA Tour.
Post your 4th round at the exit Australian Open 2022, Halep fired all their coaches and played without a head coach for the next few events. The experiment was quite successful with two semi-final runs in 3 events including Dubai Championships and the 2022 Indian Wells open. An untimely injury forced her out of the Miami Open and kept her 20th in the WTA rankings.
With Simona looking to climb the ladder, Mouratoglou’s appointment looks promising for his track record with Serena and many other players Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff also. Mouratoglou recently spoke about his new student and also compared her to Serena.
“I’ve always respected Simona as a player when she played against Serena because I think she’s a great competitor. She often gave Serena very difficult matches. I mean Serena beat her most of the time except in one very important match, the Wimbledon final in 2019 where she played amazing tennis. But I respected their game and their intensity.
“And I knew every time Serena played against her that if Serena lowered her focus a little bit, Simona would outplay her right away. So I respected the player a lot. I didn’t know her. I hardly spoke to her.” Mouratoglou said in his recent interview with Tennis Majors, also noting that Wimbledon 2019 Finale as Simona stopped Serena from winning her historic 24th Major that would have tied her with Margaret Hof.
Simona Halep and Patrick Mouratoglou could play together for the first time in Stuttgart
After reaching the semi-finals last year at the Stuttgart Open 2021Halep will probably make a trip to that again Porsche Grand Prix and could be under Patrick’s tutelage for the first time at an event. With Simona skipping the BJK Cup qualifiers next week, both Simona and Patrick have a week to plan their strategies for the clay season.
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