Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has announced that she has parted ways with her long-time manager Virginia Ruzici. Halep, who turned professional in 2006, worked with Ruzici for 14 years. While announcing the split with Ruzici, Halep revealed she will be working from now with Nina Wennerstrom.
"I would like to thank Virginia Ruzici for her endless dedication to me not only as a player,but as a close friend. It has been an amazing 14 years of experience together and a true delight to work with her. I will forever value our friendship.
Now, I would like to welcome a new member to my team. I'm excited to announce that I will be working with Nina Wennerstrom and the We Sport Agency team! Looking forward to the future," Halep announced in a message posted on Twitter.
It’s been a fantastic journey with Virginia Ruzici by my side ✨
Now, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be working with @N_Wennerstrom and the We Sport Agency team. Looking forward to the future! pic.twitter.com/zlTQOgF1CG — Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) May 28, 2022
Halep exited the French Open
Halep, who captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2018, suffered an early and disappointing exit at Roland Garros.
Halep was up by a set and a break versus Zheng Qinven in the second round but she lost the match in three sets. Following Halep's surprise second round defeat, coach Patrick Mouratoglou took the responsibility for the Romanian's poor results in Rome and Paris.
"I’ve always been proud of my successes with my players, but then I also have to acknowledge when I’m not doing a good enough job," Mouratoglou wrote on Facebook. "The results we’ve had the past month in Madrid, Rome and Roland-Garros are insufficient for someone of Simona’s caliber and I take full responsibility for them.
She is fully dedicated, motivated, gives it everything on every ball. She is a champion - her track record speaks for itself. I expect much better from myself and I want to extend my apologies to her fans who have always been so supportive."