Darren Cahill

Coach

A former professional tennis player, turned coach (former pupils include Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi), Darren has been part of team Simona since 2016 and led her to her first Grand Slam at 2018 Roland Garros. After taking a sabbatical in 2019, Darren is back as coach for the 2020 season. He is also an analyst for the Grand Slam events on ESPN and a proud Aussie.

Artemon Apostu-Efremov

Co-coach

Arti is brand new to the team, joining Simona for pre-season training in Dubai. Arti is a retired Romanian tennis player and the former coach of Irina-Camelia Begu. On 15 April 2002, he reached his highest ATP singles ranking of World No. 310. Welcome to the team, Arti!

Theo Cercel

Fitness Trainer

Theo has known Simona since she was a 10-year-old junior and they have worked together for many years. A key and loyal member of Team Simona, Theo is like a big brother to Simo and is an excellent fitness trainer.

Cosmin Diaconeasa

Physiotherapist

Also a new member of the team for the 2020 season will be Cosmin Diaconeasa, a physio from the Kinetic Clinic in Bucharest.

Katie Spellman

PR Manager

Simona’s PR manager since 2018, Katie is a former sports editor turned communications professional, who worked at the WTA before setting up her own PR agency out of Toronto, Canada. For media inquiries please contact Katie at katie@katiespellman.com

Virginia Ruzici

Tennis Manager

Virginia, who became the first Romanian to lift the Roland Garros Women’s Singles trophy in 1978, was a huge inspiration for Simona and became her manager 11 years ago. Virginia manages partnerships and tournament relations for Simona and lives in Paris, France.

Bogdan C. Stoica

Sponsorship and Legal Management

The Deputy Managing Partner with Bucharest-based top business law firm Popovici Nițu Stoica și Asociații (www.pnsa.ro), Bogdan has acted as special adviser to Simona on all her legal and tax matters ever since 2013. He also manages new sponsorship/partnerships for Simona and can be contacted on bogdan.stoica@pnsa.ro

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