Coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Simona Halep have joined the list of those who have paid tribute to Serena Williams. Mouratoglou, who worked with Williams for 10 years, thanked Williams for giving him a chance to work with her and wished her all the best in her next chapter.
During their time together, Williams won 10 Grand Slams. "What a ride it has been. Thank you for everything. I wish you the very best for the next chapter!"
Halep, who beat Williams in the 2019 Wimbledon for her first title at The Championship, also wished the American all the best in her post-tennis life.
What a ride it has been. Thank you for everything. I wish you the very best for the next chapter!
"You can read the respect and the admiration for this exceptional champion in my eyes. Good luck for the rest of your life @serenawilliams," Halep wrote on Twitter.
You can read the respect and the admiration for this exceptional champion in my eyes.
Good luck for the rest of your life @serenawilliams pic.twitter.com/TBfeWeN6j9 — Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) September 3, 2022
Mouratoglou started working with Halep earlier this year
In April, Mouratoglou announced that Williams gave him the green light to start working with Halep.
At the time, Williams was out of action and it wasn't clear whether we would see her again in action. Just before Indian Wells, Halep offered Mouratoglou a coaching job. After speaking with Williams, Mouratoglou announced his decision to start working with Halep.
Four weeks ago, Halep and Mouratoglou won their first title as a team after the Romanian won Toronto. After winning Toronto, Halep and Mouratoglou were hoping to win their first Grand Slam title as a team at the US Open. Unfortunately, Halep's campaign at Flushing Meadows was short-lived as the Romanian suffered a shock first round loss to Daria Snigur.
"Unfortunately it is the end of our US season. It ended with a big disappointment right after a great result with the title in Toronto," Mouratoglou wrote on Instagram after Halep's exit. "Whatever happens, good or bad, what always counts the most is the trust in the process, and the deep feeling of doing the right things to get where we want to be. Thank you @simonahalep for giving everything every single day. It is all a coach could ask for."