Halep not upset as coach takes time out
Simona Halep will be without a coach for the first few months of the 2019 season after Darren Cahill left her team due to “family reasons”, the world number one said yesterday.
Halep, who is gearing up for the Australian Open by playing in this week’s Sydney International, has worked with the former Australia Davis Cup captain since 2016 and said she would not replace him until at least the claycourt season.
“The situation is that for the next three to four months, I don’t want to take the coach... I go with the flow and I see how it works,” Halep told the WTA website.
“He took the decision because of family and family always comes first. I wasn’t disappointed or upset, I fully understood. We have a very good relationship. It’s tough... but I feel confident I can do my own things on court. I’m more responsible now on everything that I have to do. Maybe it’s a good thing, I will see.”
Meanwhile, Halep said she was pain-free following a back injury that cut short her 2018 season, but believes this week would be the real test.
Halep won her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros last year but was diagnosed with a herniated disk in October which ruled her out of the season-ending WTA Finals.
The Romanian said she was raring to go after a spell during recovery where she did not pick up a racquet.
“The back was good for the off-season. I didn’t have pain and I trained 100%, I played some sets, some matches,” Halep said.