Former world No. 1 Simona Halep admits she is very introverted, while her new coach Patrick Mouratoglou is a very open type of person. Even though Halep is an introvert and Mouratoglou seems to be an extrovert, Halep absolutely enjoys being around Mouratoglou.
Before indian Wells, Halep went to the Mouratoglou Academy for a training block. While at the Mouratoglou Academy, Halep approached Mouratoglou and asked him if he was interested in becoming her full coach. At first, Mouratoglou couldn't accept Halep's offer because he was still listed as Serena Williams' coach.
After speaking with Williams and getting the green light, Mouratoglou accepted Halep's offer. In Madrid, Halep and Mouratoglou debuted as a duo. "I like it because he has a lot of energy," Halep told WTA insider.
"He's super open to everybody, so I have to learn that because I'm quiet and introverted. But no, I love his personality. It's easy for me. "Actually, he does more pictures than me with the fans! That's good."
Halep reached the Madrid quarterfinal
Halep made a strong start to her Madrid campaign, winning her first three matches in straight sets Halep pretty easily won her first three matches at Caja Magica and many started mentioning her as the top favorite for the Madrid title.
Unfortunately for Halep, she delivered a poor performance in the quarterfinal as Ons Jabeur defeated the Romanian 6-3 6-2. Still, it was a solid result for Halep, who won three matches in Madrid. In a recent interview with Tennis Majors, Halep revealed she contemplated a retirement during a challenging 2021 season.
Halep started the 2022 season in Australia but even there she wasn't sure if she wanted to continue her career. However, those doubts are past Halep as she is now determined to win more Grand Slams and achieve more success before she retires. Halep, who won Rome in 2020, will certainly be hoping to win it all at Foro Italico this week.