Serena Williams‘ ten-year coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, has accepted Simona Halep’s offer to be her full-time coach. The Romanian ex-number 1 WTA started training at the Mouratoglou Academy this week, and the two will begin working together on the road in Madrid in April.
Patrick Mouratoglou has announced on a Twitter post about his decision on the new coaching chapter with Simona Halep.
Today I am starting a new chapter in my coaching career: I am now the full-time coach of Simona Halep. In the least 8 months, I realised how much coaching. It is the passion of my life, and I still feel that I have so much to give. Simona came to Moratoglou Academy before Indian Wells for a training bock. I swung by at a few of her practices and watched her train. At the end of her week, she asked me if I was available to coach her. I have the highest respect for her, but it was out of the question at the time. A few weeks later, I had a conversation with Serena, and the door opened for me, at least short term, to work with someone else. I will keep you updated on what’s coming next soon.Patrick Mouratoglou
Halep, 30, has been looking for a coach since the Australian Open as she prepares for her favourite season on the European clay-court circuit.
Very excited too. https://t.co/PcvElCjamV— Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) April 7, 2022
Now that Mouratoglou will be Simona’s new coach, the Frenchman’s comment doubts Serena Williams’s future. The 23-time grand slam champion hasn’t competed since Wimbledon due to her sustained Achilles ailment.
The last part of the statement raises concerns about Williams’ future in the sport for the rest of the season and beyond, as it appears the American athlete will not be returning anytime soon.
Halep, on the other hand, will try to capitalize on her connection with Mouratoglou to win a third grand slam victory at Roland Garros 2022.
On the 25th of April, Halep will compete in her first competition under her new coach, held in Madrid.