Former world number one Simona Halep believes Patrick Mouratoglou is the right person to train her. She commented that she cannot be compared to Serena Williams and that Mouratoglou will take a different approach with her.
Earlier this month, Halep announced Mouratoglou as her new full-time manager. In his statement, Mouratoglou said Williams gave him the green light to start working with Halep.
“I feel like I can relate to him and he has enough power to guide me and I needed someone who could guide me,” Halep said, according to the WTA website.
“Nobody can compare to Serena, so I’m not going to do that now. He knows that I’m a different person, I have a different style of play, a different structure in my person.
And we’re not really talking about that. We just focus on ourselves, on what we have with what we need to do to be the best version of myself.”
Halep considered retirement
Last year, Halep injured her calf, forcing her to miss the French Open, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
Halep found herself in a dark period and feared that she would not be able to play tennis again. Those dark times are over for Halep, who is now determined to add more Grand Slam successes to her name.
“Last year’s injury made me feel that with a four-month break I couldn’t get my rhythm back,” Halep said. “I’m 30 years old, so I thought at 30 it would still be difficult.
I had it in mind, I don’t know why. Losing some games, getting injured again, it wasn’t easy. In Australia and Indian Wells too. So I doubted that my body could still handle the highest level of tennis.
So yeah, I was probably pretty close to quitting. I didn’t have that energy and that confidence that I could still be on the circuit and at the highest level.”