World number one Halep and coach split

World number one Halep and coach split

PARIS,. Darren Cahill, the coach of world number one and French Open champion Simona Halep, said yesterday he will take a break from tennis in 2019 for family reasons.

The 53-year-old Australian helped Romanian star Halep to a maiden Grand Slam triumph at Roland Garros in June as well as a year-ending world top spot ro crown their four-year partnership.

He had previously coached Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi.

“I would like to announce that Simona and I will not be continuing our partnership in 2019 purely for family reasons on my part,” Cahill wrote on Instagram.

“I’d like to thank Simona for the last 4 amazing years. Her understanding, personality, work ethic, generosity and professionalism made it a pleasure to stand by her side as her coach. Basically, I had the dream job.”

Halep, 27, thanked Cahill for his work.

“Thank you so much @darren_cahill for all your hard work and incredible support over the past four years,” she tweeted. “I was lucky to have you and what a journey we had.” — AFP