Cahill and Halep call it quits
AFTER four years, breakthrough grand-slam glory and annexing the world No.1 ranking, Darren Cahill and Simona Halep have parted ways.
Citing family reasons, Cahill said he would take a year away from the grind as an elite coach on the international circuit.
“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,” Cahill said.
He wanted “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.”
Cahill, 53, has built a fabulous coaching record since injuries ended the US Open semi-finalist’s playing career.
Lleyton Hewitt was the youngest man to secure the year-ending No.1 ranking and won the US Open under Cahill.
Andre Agassi, in 2003, was then the oldest man to climb to No. 1 and won the Australian Open under Cahill.
Halep completed a similar double this season, with French Open victory and elevation to the top of the rankings.