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Wimbledon, Cahill, Federer, Mouratoglou, drug ban: Everything you always wanted to know about Simona Halep (but never had time to find out) – updated after provisional suspension

Two-time Grand Slam champion, Simona Halep is one of the biggest stars in Romania. Here is all you need to know about her.

Simona Halep with her 2019 Wimbledon trophy in Bucharest Simona Halep with her 2019 Wimbledon trophy in Bucharest

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Why is Simona Halep in the news in October 2022?

On October 21, 2022 it was announced that Simona Halep has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned drug at the US Open. The former world No1 returned a positive sample, for Roxadustat, an anaemia drug.

Halep issued a statement of her own, saying that she would prove that she did not take anything intentionally. “I will fight until the end to prove that I never knowingly took any prohibited substance and I have faith that sooner or later, the truth will come out,” she said on Instagram.

Why did Simona Halep end her season early in 2022?

For a few reasons. First, Halep announced that she is divorcing her husband, Toni Iurac after less than a year together; then she revealed she would be undergoing nose surgery to cure long-term breathing problems. On September 15, Halep announced that she would not be playing again until 2023 as she recovers, physically and mentally, from a testing year.

When was Simona Halep born?

Simona Halep was born on September 27 1991, in Constanta, Romania, the country’s fifth-most populated city.

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.

In July 2022, she reached her third Wimbledon semi-final – and eighth Slam semi-final overall – by beating Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-4.

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, 2021. 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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But in September, Halep announced that they were to divorce.

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.

“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.”

Patrick Mouratoglou and Simona Halep
Patrick Mouratoglou and Simona Halep at the Mouratoglou Academy – Tennis Majors

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.

Simona Halep with coach Darren Cahill during 2018 Australian Open
Simona Halep with coach Darren Cahill during 2018 Australian Open

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.

Simona Halep with mentor Ion Tiriac during 2019 US Open
Simona Halep with mentor Ion Tiriac during 2019 US Open

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 $40 million in prize money, as of September 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.

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