Darren Cahill, wedding, Federer fan, Mouratoglou: 10 questions about Simona Halep – updates with Mouratoglou news
Two-time Grand Slam champion, Simona Halep is one of the biggest stars in Romania. Here is all you need to know about her.
When was Simona Halep born?
Simona Halep was born on September 27 1991, in Constanta, Romania, the country’s fifth-most populated city. She still lives there.
How many Grand Slams has Simona Halep won?
The Romanian has won two major singles title. She triumphed at Roland-Garros in 2018, and claimed the Wimbledon title in 2019. Her Wimbledon final performance against Serena Williams was one of the best performances of her career. Remarkably, Halep committed just three unforced errors in the final.
How tall is Simona Halep?
Halep’s height is 5’6” (168cm), according to her profile on the WTA official website.
Who is Halep’s husband?
Halep married Toni Iuruc, a Macedonian billionaire who owns several companies in Romania, on September 15. The two-time Grand Slam champion previously talked about the impact of the relationship, to Romanian public channel TVR1.
“Now I am more relaxed and open. I have a dear person. We have a normal relationship, I feel very well. But I would like it to stay personal. I belong to Romania when it’s about tennis. Love and tennis can coincide, but I think personal life is the most important one. I am dating someone and I would never be able to sacrifice my family for tennis.”
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Romanian media previously speculated she was dating Romanian sportsmen, such as football player Radu Barbu, a former U21 international, or tennis player Horia Tecau, a two-time men’s doubles Grand Slam winner with Jean-Julien Rojer and Wimbledon mixed doubles champion with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Who is Simona Halep’s coach?
As of April 7, 2022, it was confirmed that Simona Halep will be working full-time with Patrick Mouratoglou, the long-time coach of Serena Williams. With the American out of action through injury, Mouratoglou will accompany Halep full-time on Tour, starting with the Madrid Masters in May.
“She has been No 1 (she became No 1 for the first time in October 2017 and last held top spot in January 2019), she has won Grand Slams (French Open 2018 and Wimbledon 2019),” Mouratoglou told Tennis Majors. “There is no reason why she couldn’t or she wouldn’t be able to do that again. She’s a champion. I also feel that she has a big margin for improvement in many aspects, and she’s still very hungry. So I think it’s a fantastic basis to build something and with the goal to do at least as good as before.”
Halep was previously coached by Darren Cahill, the pair sharing six years on Tour together – in two stints – during which the Romanian won her first Grand Slam title in 2018. Halep has also been coached by Wim Fissette, Daniel Dobre, Ioan Stan, Adrian Marcu and Victor Ionita.
When did she begin playing tennis?
Halep began playing tennis at four years old, following his brother to a training session. At first, she’d train twice a week with Ioan Stan, before training every day from the age of 6. She left Constanta for Bucharest at 16. She won the Girls’ French Open in 2008, her lone Grand Slam junior title. This trophy propelled her to the junior world No. 1 ranking. She is a Justine Henin and Roger Federer fan.
Who is Simona Halep’s agent?
Halep’s career has been managed by Virginia Ruzici since 2008. She became the first Grand Slam champion from Romania at the 1978 French Open. She also won the women’s doubles tournament at Roland-Garros that same year, partnering up with none other than Mima Jausovec… the very player she beat in the singles’ final! Ruzici, who won 12 titles in her career, was ranked 8th at her best, in May 1979.
Who is Ion Tiriac, her mentor?
A ice hockey Romanian Olympic team player in 1964, Tiriac is also a former pro tennis player (world No.8 after a quarter-final showing at the 1968 French Open) and is now the Romanian tennis Federation president. Tiriac became the third-richest person in Romania, according to Forbes, developing successful businesses. He got close to Halep in 2014. Tiriac has also been managing Lucas Pouille’s interests since 2016.
When did Halep have a breast reduction?
Halep admitted she had a breast reduction in 2009. In a Sports Illustrated interview before the 2018 French Open, she pointed at this event as her biggest sacrifice in life to eventually become world No.1. “When I did it, I did it for tennis.” She previously said that this operation helped her gain “ability to react quickly” on court.
What is Halep’s net worth?
Simona Halep has won about $38.6 million in prize money, as of April 7, 2022. She was the fourth-highest earning sportswoman by Forbes between June 2018 and June 2019, with $10.2 million (approx. 8.6 million pounds) – $6.2 million from tournaments and $4 million in endorsements. She is currently under contract with Nike ($1.7-million deal), Wilson, Mercedes Benz or Hublot. Halep has been selected by Forbes in its annual “30 Under 30 Europe” list, in the “Sports and Games” category. Halep has been chosen in particular for his real estate interest, with her investment in an hotel in Poiana Brasov, one of the most popular skiing resorts in Romania.