Former World No 1 Simona Halep stated on Instagram on Thursday that she will not play again this year, a few days after having announced that she had underwent nose surgery and would miss ‘a few weeks’ from the on the WTA Tour.
Having had breathing problems for many years that had gotten worse, I decided to follow the doctor’s advice and have the necessary surgery. I couldn’t do it earlier because I didn’t have three months off for recovery, because tennis was the priority in my life. But I felt it was the right time to do it and also do something for me as a person. That's why I also did the aesthetic part, which I wanted to do for a long time, because I didn't like my nose at all. Simona Halep
“Hi everyone,” she wrote on Instagram this week. “I would like to inform you about my current situation, reflect on what happened this year and as I always did, share with you my deep feelings.
“As you all know already because I’ve talked about it many times, in February, I was very close to stop tennis because I didn’t believe I have enough power to come back to top 10. I was going through many anxious moments and I thought it is time to stop cause it is emotionally unhealthy.
“Then I was lucky to discover Patrick’s Academy where I felt so much passion that it gave me back my passion for tennis. Thanks to Patrick, I slowly started to believe that I still can play a good level of tennis. I was totally open to everything he told me to do, the way I should do it and the amount of work that I should do. I did everything fully.
“My goal was very clear: I gave myself one year to get back to top 10.
“But later, when I lost at the US Open, I realized that I was mentally exhausted. Having had breathing problems for many years that had gotten worse, I decided to follow the doctor’s advice and have the necessary surgery. I couldn’t do it earlier because I didn’t have three months off for recovery, because tennis was the priority in my life.
“But I felt it was the right time to do it and also do something for me as a person. That’s why I also did the aesthetic part, which I wanted to do for a long time, because I didn’t like my nose at all.
“So I did it, I solved the functional side and the aesthetic side.
“I don’t know how long the recovery period will be, right now I’m only thinking about recovery.
“What is certain is that I won’t be able to play in any official tournament again this year. The 2022 season is over for me. 2022, you were an interesting year, full of everything.
“See you on the field, 2023!! I feel that I still have a lot to do on the tennis court and I still have some goals.”
The lengthy post, which also appeared on her Twitter account on Thursday, included a photo of Halep’s bandaged nose.
Currently the World No 9, Halep won two titles this season, taking her career total to 24, including the National Bank Open, a WTA 1000-level event in Toronto, and returned to the Top 10 for the first time in more than a year, thus achieving her goal in just two months.
The Romanian, who will turn 31 on 27 September, won Roland Garros in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019, was surprisingly beaten in the 1st-round at the US Open by Ukrainian Daria Snigur as she went into the last Grand Slam of the year as one of the favourites for the title.
Just over a week later, news broke that Halep was divorcing her billionaire husband, Toni Iuruc, less than a year after they married, a move that Iuruc confirmed, telling Romanian reporters that it was a mutual decision.
They would have celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Thursday.
“We decided together with Simona to break up,” Iuruc said. “Stop insisting, it’s my last public appearance … The rest will be handled by the lawyers in the most civilized way possible. Thank you for understanding.”
This was followed a few days later by a post on Instagram from Halep herself, saying: “Toni and I decided by mutual consent to go our separate ways. I would like the press to respect our privacy, and treat this subject with decency and discretion.”
A later report by Romanian tabloid Cancan suggested that Halep’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, may have contributed to the couple’s split, claiming that the Romanian had signed a contract with the coach in April and that Iuruc had not attended any of her matches since.
The tabloid also suggested that, at Roland Garros, where Halep lost in the 2nd-round, Mouratoglou had posted a message in which he took the blame, prompting the Romanian to defend her coach and fire her manager Virginia Ruzici ahead of signing a new management agreement with Nina Wennerstrom, Mouratoglou’s close collaborator from Sweden.
Also, even though Halep trained at the Mouratoglou Academy on the Côte d’Azur, that Iuruc had never accompanied there, while it has been reported that she is now is looking to buy a home in the south of France.