Cahill and Halep call it quits

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - LEO SCHLINK

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.

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