Simona Halep confirmed that Australian Darren Cahill will be her new coach for the upcoming season. Cahill, who was part of a now-defunct Adidas support team, has been helping Halep since the summer when she parted with Victor Ionița.
“Starting January 2016, my personal coach will be Darren Cahill,” Halep wrote on Facebook earlier today.
Previously, Halep was under the tutelage of former Kim Clijsters coach Wim Fissette, but they shockingly split at the end of last year.
After a breakout 2014 which including a French Open final appearance, Halep’s game leveled in 2015 reaching just one Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open. But she did manage to improve her year-end ranking to No. 2 thanks to a great start to the season and her result in New York.
The 50-year-old Cahill was a former Top 10 player on the ATP. He went on to coach Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and supported many of the Adidas players like Andy Murray and Ana Ivanovic. He also serves as a commentator at ESPN and job he will continue with Halep.
Halep added: “He will also keep his role as men’s tennis analyst for the Grand Slam events on the US sports network ESPN, which will not prevent him from coaching me full time.”
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