Halep, ‘Mouratoglou is changing my game, confident of getting back to the top’ – Il Tempo

Rome, May 8 – (Adnkronos) – In Rome, Simona Halep is one of the special observers of the WTA tournament. Partly because she won at the Foro Italico in 2020, partly because, despite all the recent problems, she is still a former number 1 in the world. And partly because of her new coach, the star of coaches, Patrick Mouratoglou. “In fact – says the Romanian jokingly – Patrick is very open and one of the positive aspects of being with him is that he voluntarily stops to take photos with the fans, probably more than me… Seriously, it’s a person you love.” what he does and transmits a lot of passion. Talking to him is important because he gives me a different vision of my game than what had happened before”.

“Lately, there have been a lot of changes in my way of approaching training -continues the thirty-year-old Romanian-. From the first moment I trusted Patrick one hundred percent, I decided to follow him because I know it will be the best way to get back to the top. When you change a way of working that has been maintained for many years, difficulties are not lacking, it is normal, but I am experiencing this transition with great confidence. I love tennis, I love what I do and I still have many reasons to get up in the morning and go to training.”

“Patrick and I are certainly very different, he has a great charisma, an important personality, while I am very introverted,” adds Halep. However, over the years I have changed. Now, for example, I speak more calmly with journalists and try to find energy in dialogue with people. Which I didn’t do before. It’s still not the most natural thing in the world for me, but I’m working hard to improve.”

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia plays a special role for the Romanian. “Rome? It’s a tournament that I love, in a place that I’ve always loved. I can’t wait to start and do my best to get a good result. I feel good but the tournament is obviously something else, we’ll see what happens.” in the match. Each tournament has its particular conditions: the balls, the fields, the humidity, the change in height. In short, it is difficult to compare different fields. But after so many years on the Tour I think that by now I know how to adapt pretty quickly, it’s one of the positives of having experience. When did I realize I was a tour veteran? When I turned 30 and started noticing 18-year-olds winning…”

Among these terrible young women there are two girls with a Romanian name as their origins, but with different nationalities: Emma Raducanu and Bianca Andreescu: “Actually, none of them had ever trained in Romania, and before they came to play permanently in the Circuit did not know them. We speak in English among us, so there are not too many connections with Romania -for them- except the names”.

Ons Jabeur’s victory in Madrid was welcomed by many colleagues, including Simona Halep. “I’m happy for her, she deserved this title and confirmed that she is a true top 10 player. Also, in 90% of the cases, the player who beats me then wins the tournament… I guess I should see this as a positive thing.” . stuff. . I think I had a good week, I had a good feeling and I hope to continue on this path in Rome too”. “2021 was undoubtedly a difficult year for me, I can’t be happy with how it went. But at the same time I am aware that I can return to the top, that I can be competitive for the big tournaments. The first objective for me is this, to regain confidence in the fact that I can compete with everyone on equal terms”.

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