I’m finally adding world No.1 Simona Halep to my WTA Players and their Love Partners page, as now I have proof that her boyfriend is former Romanian tennis player, Radu Barbu. Reportedly, they started dating after the US Open, as it was in him that Halep found consolation in after her tough first-round loss to Maria Sharapova.
In early November, Romanian website Click.ro published these paparazzi photos of the couple vacationing in Portofino, Italy.
The 34-year-old Barbu was born in Pitesti, Romania, but in his twenties moved to the USA, playing for the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University (TCU) from 2005 to 2007. Later on, he was appointed a student assistant coach. Barbu, whose highest ATP ranking was No.1151, is friends with many Romanian players, including Halep’s former coach Andrei Mlendea, as well as Horia Tecau, Florin Mergea, Andrei Pavel and Victor Crivoi. Barbu’s current occupation is a young tennis development program in Romania.
Thank you, Bbr1979, for referring me to the Romanian website that posted these photos!