After winning her first Grand Slam at the French Open helping her first finish No. 1 for a second straight year, Simona Halep is now coachless after Darren Cahill has decided to take a break from the job.
Cahill, who began working with Halep in 2015, made the announcement on his Instagram account on Friday.
“I would like to announce that Simona and I will not be continuing our partnership in 2019 purely for family reasons on my part,” the Australian wrote.
“After much thought and discussion, and many years with 30 plus weeks on the road away from my family, I’ve decided to take a 12 month break from coaching to be home more for support as our children enter important stages of their lives with the final year of high school, sports and college preparations all becoming more time consuming.
“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. She’s a young woman of total class and someone I respect greatly which is something more important than any result achieved.
“Basically, I had the dream job and I want to thank her for making it that way, and the opportunity to work with someone so talented and dedicated.
“I wish Simo and her team nothing but continued success and I look forward to supporting her from the sidelines next year.”
While Cahill will continue to work with ESPN (and be in demand from a bevy of young stars including young Australian Alex De Minaur), Halep is now on the search for a new coach.
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