Simona Halep announced this week that she was ending her successful six-year partnership with coach Darren Cahill.
“After six wonderful years working together, @darren_cahill and I have decided that it’s time to end our working relationship,” Halep wrote on Twitter.
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“Thank you D for everything, for making me a better tennis player and a better person.”
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. 🤗🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/VOEt4i81Bf
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) September 22, 2021
Halep and Cahill joined forces for the first time in the summer of 2015. The Romanian achieved two of the most important feats of her career while working with Cahill: rising to No1 in the world and winning a Grand Slam.
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In 2018, she came through in her fourth major final and third at Roland Garros to defeat Sloane Stephens and capture the French Open title.
Less than a year later, Halep would stun the tennis world with a dominating performance at Wimbledon to win her second major title. Cahill was not in the coaching box for her Centre Court performance, as the two agreed to take a break in 2019.
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But Cahill was never more than a text or phone call away, offering advice and support before formally reuniting in 2020.
“He knows how to calm me down.” Halep had said of Cahill in 2017.
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“I just try to learn how to relax myself and how to be dedicated to this sport, not to the result. I’m doing what I love, so I have to put the desire into the positive things on court.
“I’m trying that. I’m working on that. I feel that I’m a much better player since I worked with him.”