Halep not upset as coach takes time out

Irish Examiner - Sport - - TENNIS -

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.

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