‘Same Goals, Same Smile’ – Serena Williams’ Former Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Posts a Heartfelt Message for Simona Halep Before French Open 2022

Published 05/22/2022, 11:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning her second round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Earlier in April, both Simona Halep and Patrick Mouratoglou dropped a bombshell, as they announced their partnership as a player and coaching duo. It was surprising for everyone because Patrick was coaching Serena Williams for a long time. Since the announcement, the Romanian player played only two tournaments together, and the results were not that great. Despite the previous results, the pair is looking forward to playing their first Grand Slam together, as Patrick recently posted on his social media. 

Patrick Mouratoglou is looking forward to working with Simona Halep in their first Grand Slam

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Recently, Patrick took to Instagram and shared a photo of him and Simona smiling together. In the caption, he wrote, “Same goals, same smile… Looking in the same direction for our first Grand Slam together.”

Later, Halep also shared the post on her Instagram story. The last time Halep had success here at the French Open was in 2018 when she was with her coach Darren Cahill. When Cahill was with Simona, she won her first Grand Slam title and also became the world no.1. Near the end of last year, they parted ways, and since then, she had plenty of coaches. After receiving a suggestion from Cahill, she started training at the Mouratoglou Academy. That was the beginning of Simona’s and Patrick’s partnership. 

Now, the duo is looking to win their first silverware at the French Open this year. 

Can Simona win her third Grand Slam at the French Open 2022?

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This year hasn’t been great for the former world no.1 player. After changing multiple coaches, she didn’t get the desired result. Also, she had a lot of injury problems last year, as she missed the Wimbledon championships, which she won in 2020. 

After appointing Mouratoglou, she played the Madrid Open and the Italian Open. In the Madrid Open, she lost in the quarter-final to the eventual winner, Ons Jabeur. Then, in the Italian Open, she suffered a terrible loss in the round of 32. 

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 24, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her semi final match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

Despite the results, she is looking confident ahead of her first-round match. Notably, she will start her campaign tomorrow and will play the German tennis player Nastasja Mariana Schunk in her opening match. Moreover, she could face Iga Swiatek in the fourth round, who is the tournament favorite. It would be interesting to see if she can get the best of an opponent like her.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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