Coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes Simona Halep has a room for improvement and one of the reasons why he accepted her coaching offer was because the Romanian feels she can do more big things in the game. Halep is a two-time Grand Slam champion and has been ranked at No.
1 in the world but she hasn't had much Grand Slam success since winning her second Grand Slam title at 2019 Wimbledon. "The short-term plan is to do everything so she’s the best player possible. I think she has achieved a lot already.
She has been No 1, she has won Grand Slams, so she’s part of the very, very, very few players who have been able to achieve incredible things. So she’s a champion, but I also feel that she has a big margin for improvement in many aspects, and she’s still very hungry," Mouratoglou told Tennis Majors.
"So I think it’s a fantastic basis to build something and with the goal to do at least as well as before. I think she has a great basis to continue to do extremely well. As I said, she’s very hungry for tennis.
She feels like she can give more to tennis and she wants to see how far she can go. And I believe she can go very far, so that’s the idea – very far."
Halep made a solid start to the 2022 season
The 2021 season was one of the most challenging of Halep's career as she admitted that missing the French Open, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics due to an injury wasn't easy for her.
After an injury-plagued 2021 season, Halep kicked off her 2022 season by winning the Melbourne Summer Set 1. Halep hasn't won any titles since but did make the semifinals in Dubai and Indian Wells. Halep is more than capable of playing well on clay, having won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2018. It remains to be seen how will Halep do during the clay season with Mouratoglou on the board.