‘Expect Much Better From Myself’– Serena Williams’ Ex-Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Issues Apology for Simona Halep’s Shock Loss at French Open 2022

Published 05/27/2022, 9:29 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep looks dejected after her quarter final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Simona Halep did not have a great start to the year. The player has trained persistently on the court, however; luck is not in her favor. She recently had to take a leave from the clay-court major after she suffered a defeat by Qinwen Zheng of China. The player’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou took to his Instagram apologizing for Halep’s loss.

Simona Halep’s coach vows to do better

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The Romanian player had joined hands with the French coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, to better her performance and make a strong comeback. He is the former coach of world-renowned tennis player Serena Williams. The French coach had worked arduously towards the training of Simona Halep. However, he felt apologetic when Halep had to bid farewell to the French Open. She suffered a defeat to China’s Qinwen Zheng. He took to his Instagram to express his apology. He stated, “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.” 

All praises for Simona Halep

He looked back upon the results of the Romanian player and showed remorse over it. Patrick Mouratoglou stated, “The results we’ve had the past month in Madrid, Rome and Roland-Garros are insufficient for someone of @simonahalep’s caliber and I take full responsibility for them.” The best during these tours was at Madrid Open, where she reached the quarter-finals. Moreover, he complimented Simona Halep. The coach stated, “She is fully dedicated, motivated, gives it everything on every ball. She is a champion – her track record speaks for itself.”

Mar 11, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Simona Halep (ROU) in action as she defeats Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) in her 2nd round match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

A team in all the ups and downs

With regret, he took it upon himself. He stated, “I expect much better from myself and I want to extend my apologies to her fans who have always been so supportive.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 24, 2022 Romania’s Simona Halep reacts during her fourth round match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Morgan Sette

However, like the genuine spirit she is, Simona Halep did not let her coach take the blame.

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She replied to his post and stated, “As the picture shows, a team is made with at least 2 people. We gave our best every day but we were not good enough, yet! I am ready for more @patrickmouratoglou.” The solidarity between the coach and the player is strong and resilient.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

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