One of the most successful player-coach pairings was Romanian tennis star Simona Halep and Australian coach Darren Cahill. The duo won the 2018 French Open and climbed to the top of the WTA rankings.
In Team Simona, though, things needed to change. As a result, she chose to quit her six-year relationship with Cahill.
In addition, Halep announced the news with a heartfelt Instagram post. She wrote, “After six wonderful years working together, Darren Cahill and I have decided that it’s time to end our working relationship. Thank you, D, for everything, for making me a better tennis player and a better person.”
Cahill’s eyes welled up with memories as soon as he viewed the shared photo. As a result, he chose to reciprocate to Halep’s lovely gesture.
He said, “No, thank you, Simo, for allowing me to take an incredible ride on your journey with you. I remember this photo above like it was yesterday, and it is just one of many amazing memories. A great player but, most importantly, a great person and friend. All the best, Simo.”
no, thank you Simo for allowing me to take an incredible ride on your journey with you. I remember this photo above like it was yesterday and it is just one of many amazing memories. A great player but most importantly, a great person and friend. All the best, Simo 👊— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) September 22, 2021
Simona’s tennis journey with coach Darren Cahill
For the first time, Cahill joined Team Simona Halep in 2016. Significantly, in the following three years, the Romanian had reached three Grand Finals and had risen to the top of the international rankings.
However, the former player turned coach took a hiatus in 2018 to spend more time with his family. Halep won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon during that time.
Halep and Cahill rejoined soon after, near the end of the 2019 season. They remained together until the 2021 US Open when the Romanian lost for the first match in a Grand Slam to Elina Svitolina.
Halep, who recently married, has yet to confirm her return date. She’ll most likely take a break from tennis and enjoy her life outside of the court.
Fans are hoping to see Halep return to the WTA Tour as soon as possible. Let’s see whether she decides to compete in the WTA 1000 event in Indian Wells.