Simona Halep Reveals Why She Isn’t Interested in Becoming a Coach After Retirement

Published 01/03/2021, 3:50 AM EST
MASON, OH – AUGUST 15: Simona Halep of Romania confers with her coach Darren Cahill between sets while playing Ajla Tomjanovic of Australia during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


World No. 2 Romania’s Simona Halep is one of the most talented women’s tennis players today. However, in a recent revelation, the 29-year-old suggested that she’s uncertain about being a good coach after retirement.

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Coaching certainly requires more than just knowledge of how to play the sport. That is why Halep believes that she can teach tennis well but doesn’t know she can coach the same.

“I like communication, even if sometimes I don’t communicate well enough. I could be a good teacher, but I don’t know if I could be a good coach,” Simona said. (All quotes are translated via Google Translate)

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The biggest reason for her not being clear is because of her impatience. A coach rather helps the player contain his/her weaknesses and not otherwise. The 2-time Grand Slam champion is more of a tennis player than a coach.

She explained, “I don’t have patience with myself either, I don’t know how it could be with other athletes and, as I said earlier, I don’t like to analyze tennis, I like to play it and feel it.”

SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 28: Simona Halep of Romania speaks to her coach Darren Cahill during a break in her Women’s Singles match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on Day Two of the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on October 28, 2019, in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Unquestionably, the former World No. 1 knows her way around a tennis court. But at the 2020 French Open, she failed in her bid to become the top player as she lost in the fourth-round to Polish wonder girl and eventual champion Iga Swiatek.

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Being a top player and a Grand Slam winner comes up with its own bag of pressure. They have to consistently deal with challengers who are looking to make a name at their expense.

“The fact that you play with a favorite gives you a relaxation. So was I. I think the pressure is strictly on the favorite and that’s why she happens to win an opponent around the 100th place,” the Romanian claimed.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 25: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Naomi Osaka of Japan, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, Ashleigh Barty of Australia, Simona Halep of Romania, Bianca Andreescu of Canada, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic pose for a selfie ahead of the 2019 WTA Finals at Lotus Hill Park on October 25, 2019, in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Simona does not like to plan in tournaments. She feels that every match is equally important, despite the level of the tournament. Halep concluded, “If you think about the next matches, you might lose before.”

The Romanian professional has opted out of the first tournament of the 2021 season – WTA Abu Dhabi. She has her eyes set on the Australian Open trophy. Can Halep get past the likes of Osaka, Williams, or Barty?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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