Is Simona Halep dating Radu Barbu and how did the French Open star meet him?

SIMONA HALEP is currently the best female tennis player on the planet, leading the rankings after a trophy-filled 2018.

The 27-year-old Romanian will take on Magda Linette in the second round of the French Open, having won the title last year – and will have her boyfriend Radu Barbu to support her at Roland Garros.

Who is Simona Halep's rumoured boyfriend, Radu Barbu?

Radu Barbu was born on October 16, 1983 – meaning he is 35.

The Romanian was tennis player himself in his younger years, but only managed to reach a career-high rank of 1151 in 2004.

With his playing career seemingly amounting to nothing Pitesti-born Barbu headed to Texas Christian University in the States to become a coach.

He is now helping to run the young tennis development program in Romania.

How did the couple meet?

Barbu and Halep met through friends, with both holding tennis and Romanian connections.

Among their former mutual friends was Halep's old coach Andrei Mlendea.

The pair have never announced their relationship in public, even telling his friends that there was nothing romantic going on between him and the 27-year-old world number one.

However, Halep and Barbu have been spotted together in Italy on a romantic holiday.

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