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‘Let’s Focus On Coaching First’ – Serena Williams’ Ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou Cheekily Reacts to Simona Halep’s Genuine Request

Published 05/25/2022, 11:35 AM EDT

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Romanian tennis star Simona Halep is one of the best tennis players going around. The 30 years recently suffered from a long injury that might have ended her career. But the 30 years old defied all odds to make a comeback and has been slowly looking to regain her old form. Yesterday, the 19th-ranked player won her first-round game against 18-year-old Nastasja Schunk from Germany. She won the first set 6-4 but shockingly, lost the second set 6-1. However, she recovered strongly to win the third set and the match.

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On many occasions, Halep has credited her current coach Patrick Mouratoglou for her comeback. She seems to gel well with the Frenchman, who has previously coached legendary player Serena Williams. It was the first victory at Grand Slam for the 30-years old after partnering with her new coach. After the game, speaking in her on-court interview, the Romanian made a cheeky reference to the Frenchman.


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Simona Halep Wants to Learn French From Her New Coach

Speaking in her interview, the former world number 1 said that she is very happy to be back at winning ways. The 30 years old also thanked the crowd for their support. Adding to that, Halep said that the support has been enormous whenever she plays at the French Open and now that she has a French coach, she might learn some French from him.

“They are supporting me always. I played a few finals here, and I had a big crowd. Now that I have a French coach, I will probably learn some French and be able to speak it.” She said.


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Mouratoglou responded by sharing the clip on Twitter, saying, “Let’s focus on coaching first.”

The duo has looked good together and shares a nice bond. As the Romanian seems to have regained her confidence to play the game and will be looking forward to winning more matches.

Halep’s Record on Clay


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The current world number 19 has had a great outing whenever she stepped into the red dirt. She is a former Roland Garros champion. Also, she has won the Madrid Open twice(2016 and 2018) and the Italian Open in 2020.

Looking at her records on clay, the Romanian has won 144 out of 197 matches and lost only 53. Her winning percentage of clay is 73% which is the highest for her on any surface.


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Given her experience and records on clay, Halep will be a serious contender for the ongoing Roland Garros if she somehow manages to return to her older self.

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Written by:

Gaurav Verma


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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.
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Deepakshi Chaudhary