World num­ber one Halep and coach split

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

PARIS: Dar­ren Cahill, the coach of world num­ber one and French Open cham­pion Si­mona Halep, said Fri­day he will take a break from ten­nis in 2019 for fam­ily rea­sons.

The 53-year-old Aus­tralian helped Ro­ma­nian star Halep to a maiden Grand Slam tri­umph at Roland Gar­ros in June as well as a year-end­ing world top spot ro crown their fouryear part­ner­ship.

He had pre­vi­ously coached Lley­ton He­witt and An­dre Agassi.

"I would like to an­nounce that Si­mona and I will not be con­tin­u­ing our part­ner­ship in 2019 purely for fam­ily rea­sons on my part," Cahill wrote on In­sta­gram.

"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. Ba­si­cally, I had the dream job." Halep, 27, thanked Cahill for his work. "Thank you so much @dar­ren_c­ahill for all your hard work and in­cred­i­ble sup­port over the past four years," she tweeted. "I was lucky to have you and what a jour­ney we had." - AFP

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