Last Updated on August 15, 2022
WTA professional tennis player, Simona Halep is one of Romania’s favorite daughters. She has been awarded Romania’s highest civil order honor – The Order of the Star of Romania, the highest Romanian Orthodox ecclesiastical decoration – The Patriarchal Cross Of Romania, and she is an honorary citizen of Romania’s capital Bucharest, a city she didn’t live in until she was sixteen years old.
Thirty-year-old Halep started taking tennis lessons when she was four. Halep’s interest in the sport increased as she grew older and her father Stere Halep who had played amateur football while he was young increasingly developed an interest in supporting his daughter’s athletic ambitions.
Simona Halep played in the junior Grand Slams for two years (2007 and 2008). In 2007, she exited in the third round of the junior French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
Halep defeated the two-time defending Australian Open girls singles champion, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter-finals of the 2008 Australian Open girls event. Halep would lose her semifinal match against Australian Jessica Moore.
Halep then went on to win the 2008 French Open girls singles title in what would be the final match of her junior career. Her French Open Triumph propelled her to becoming the top-ranked Girls’ player in the world.
Halep made her Grand Slam debut at the 2010 French Open where she lost out in the first round. She had made the main draw through qualifying. Halep would lose in the qualifying rounds of the 2010 Wimbledon.
By the time the 2010 US Open rolled around, Simona Halep had broken into the top 100 ranked female tennis players in the world and was directly accepted into the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.
Halep was a constant feature in the top 100 in 2011, she would finish the year 2012 ranked World No.47.
2013 was the year that Halep truly began to shine, she won six WTA titles that year, was seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam at the 2013 US Open, and finished the year at World No.11.
Simona Halep was runner-up at the 2014 and 2017 French Open. She was third-time lucky at the 2018 French Open final defeating Sloane Stephens to lift her first Grand Slam title
Halep’s second Grand Slam Triumph came at the 2019 Wimbledon tournament where she defeated Serena Williams in the final.
Halep has won twenty-three WTA Tour singles titles, has been World No.1 for 64 weeks, has spent a considerable amount of time in the top ten, and is highly regarded as one of the best players on tour. She is also the first Romanian to hold the WTA top spot ranking.
Patrick Mouratoglou – Halep’s Current Coach
Simona Halep’s present coach comes highly recommended. The Frenchman is the founder of the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, a twenty-six-year academy that can boast of having seen its fair share of the rise of tennis stars.
Marcos Baghdatis was Mourataglou’s first charge as a coach. Under Mouratoglou’s coaching, Baghdatis would become the top-ranked junior player in the world, make three junior Grand Slam finals, and win the 2003 Australian Open Boy’s singles title.
Mouratoglou would also be a guide for Baghdatis’ run to a 2006 Australian Open singles appearance where Baghdatis lost to Roger Federer. This Australian Open near-success was part of Baghdatis’s rise into the top 10 ranked players in the world. Baghdatis would also make the semifinals of the 2006 Wimbledon.
Mouratoglou would then become a concierge of sorts for tennis players who were looking to improve their game. The pick of his charges include:
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was a former Junior World No.1 with two Junior Grand Slams to her name. Pavlyuchenkova began work with Mouratoglou in July 2007. He would assist her in breaking into the top 30 and they would part ways in 2009.
Mouratoglou worked for about a year with Iranian – French WTA player, Aravane Rezai between 2009 and 2010. Rezai won the 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open and broke into the top 20 as a result of their partnership.
Mouratoglou worked with WTA Belgian player Yanina Wickmayer from the beginning of 2010 until 2012. During their association, Wickmayer was constantly ranked in the top 30 WTA players. During this period, Mouratoglou also worked with Jeremy Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov.
Mouratoglou is most famous for being the long-time coach of twenty-three-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams. Mouratoglou started working with Williams in 2012 sometime after she crashed out in the first round of the 2012 French Open.
The 2012 Wimbledon, 2012 Olympic Gold, and 2012 US Open fell like dominos to Serena’s newfound prowess. 10 Grand slam singles titles, a Grand Slam doubles title, an Olympic Gold medal, and three WTA Tour Finals successes have been their trophy haul. Williams has also spent a considerable amount of their time together at World No.1.
Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou parted ways in April 2022 and Mouratoglou moved on to training Simona Halep. Halep reached the semifinals of the 2022 Wimbledon.
As part of his tennis structure, Mouratoglou is also associated with Stefano Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff.
Simona Halep’s other coaches
Loyal Romanian that she is, most of Simona Halep’s coaches have come from her home country, but a precious few have not, some of whom have been very dear to her.
Simona Halep met her first coach Ioan Stan in Constanta when she was four. Halep had gone to watch her brother at his tennis lessons. Halep was interested and started taking lessons twice a week with Stan. As Halep grew older, the frequency of the training increased, by the time she was six, she was training daily. Halep left her hometown and coach for Bucharest when she was sixteen with an ambition of better training facilities.
Romanian coach Tomai Firicel Danut coached Halep from 2008 to 2013. It was Tomai who guided Halep into the top 100 of women’s tennis.
After parting ways with Firicel Tomai, Halep joined forces with former Romanian Professional Tennis Player, Adrain Marcu. Marcu was a player who specialized in doubles and represented Romania at the 1983 World university games. He also made frequent appearances for Romania in the Davis cup.
Marcu has worked with Halep in two different stints. He first took charge of Halep in 2013 and guided her to her first six WTA Titles. Now despite their flowing success that year, Halep and Marcu parted ways at the end of 2013.
Marcu and Halep worked together again from September 2021 till after the 2022 Australian Open where Halep exited in the fourth round.
In something of a break from tradition for her, Halep hired Belgian coach Wim Fissete at the start of the 2014 season. Wissete was Halep’s first non-Romanian coach.
Fissette had coached Belgian WTA player Kim Clijsters to three Grand Slams and a WTA Tour championship title. Halep’s Grand slam performance remarkably improved, she was runner-up at the 2014 French Open and finished the year as World No.3. Again despite her successes that year, Halep parted ways with Fissette at the end of the season.
Romanian Coach Victor Ionita took charge of Halep for the 2015 season. Halep won three titles – the 2015 Shenzhen open, the 2015 Dubai Tennis Championship, and the 2015 Indian wells Open with Ionita. She would end the year as World No.2 and would part ways with Ionita at the end of the year.
Former Australian Professional tennis player Darren Cahill took over from Ionita as Halep’s coach from the start of the 2016 season. Cahill was a former top 25 player who had achieved his highest career ranking of World No.22 in 1989. Cahill was also a 1988 US Open semifinalist.
Cahill had coached two players to a World No.1 ranking – Lleyton Hewit and Andre Agassi winning the 2001 US Open as Hewitt’s coach and the 2003 Australian Open as Agassi’s coach.
Cahill’s first stint as Halep’s coach lasted three years during which she ended the year as the top-ranked female player twice, reached three Grand Slam finals, and won her maiden Grand Slam, the 2018 French Open. At the end of the 2018 season, Cahill and Halep parted ways because Cahill was looking to spend more time with his family.
Cahill and Halep would work together again from the 2019 WTA Finals until late in the year 2021. During their second go, Halep won three WTA titles. Halep would finish the year 2021 as the World No.20. Cahill has had the most influence on Halep of all her coaches.
Romanian coach Daniel Dobre became Halep’s primary coach in 2019. Under Dobre’s tutelage, Halep won her second Grand Slam title, the 2019 Wimbledon ladies singles. Dobre would stop being Halep’s coach before the 2019 WTA finals but the pair would reunite in 2021 after Halep parted ways with Cahill.
Halep parted ways with her coaching team which included Daniel Dobre and Adrian Marcu after her 2022 Australian Open because she wanted to be without a coach for a while but she has since ended up under the tutelage of Patrick Mouratoglou.
Simona Halep’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Simona Halep under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coach||Years Of Cooperation||Title|
|Adrain Marcu||2013-2013||2013 Nuremberg Cup , Rosemalen Grass Court Championships, Budapest Grand Prix, New Haven Open, Kremlin Cup, WTA Tournament of Champions|
|Wim Fissette||2014-2014||2014 Qatar Open|
|Victor Ionita||2015-2015||2015 Shenzhen open, Dubai Tennis Championship, Indian wells Open|
|Darren Cahill||2016 – 2018||2016 Madrid Open, Bucharest Open, Canadian Open|
2017 Madrid Open
2018 Shenzhen Open, French Open, Canadian Open
|Daniel Dobre||2019-2019||Wimbledon Championship|
|Darren Cahill||2019-2021||2020 Dubai Open, Prague open, Italian Open|
|Daniel Dobre & Adrian Marcu||2021-2022||2022 Melbourne summer set 1|
|Patrick Mouratoglou||2022 -Present||-2022 Canadian Open|