“He’s Stuck With Me”: Simona Halep on Coach Darren Cahill

Published 04/19/2021, 10:50 PM EDT
MASON, OH – AUGUST 15: Simona Halep of Romania confers with her coach Darren Cahill between sets while playing Ajla Tomjanovic of Australia during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Romanian World No. 3 Simona Halep is making a much-anticipated return at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2021. Adding to her pleasure, her coach Darren Cahill will stay with her throughout the clay-court swing ahead.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 28: Simona Halep of Romania speaks to her coach Darren Cahill during a break in her Women’s Singles match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on Day Two of the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on October 28, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Previously, the 29-year-old Romanian pulled out from the Miami Open, citing a shoulder injury. However, she had promised to come back healthy for her favorite season in tennis, the clay season. And so, she is here.

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Simona Halep is confident when coach Darren Cahill is around

Simona Halep started her 2021 season in Melbourne, participating in WTA Gippsland and the Australian Open. During that time, she had to receive coaching via cellular phones as traveling in the ongoing pandemic is quite strenuous.

Fortunately, Darren, who helped her win two Grand Slam titles and reached World No. 1, decided to travel to Romania. And since he cannot return to Australia now, he would stay on for the clay-court season with the Romanian.

“Yes, he will be with me because he can’t get back home,” Simona laughed. “So, he’s stuck with me. Yes, he has been in Romania for one week.”

Furthermore, the former World No. 1 explained how positive she feels with her coach traveling with her. She also opened up on her rehabilitation in Romanian and hopes to win the WTA Stuttgart Open 2021 title.

“We trained very well back home. Now, he’s here for the first time, and it’s nice to have him, the whole clay-court season, because it’s my favourite season, and to have him, means a lot. I have confidence when he’s around, and yeah, we have great days,” Halep said.

Before Halep, Cahill helped Australian Lleyton Hewitt and American Andre Agassi to reach World No. 1. He stayed with Simona for the 2017 and 2018 season and re-joined her for 2020 and is since with her.

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Seeded second in the tournament, Halep received a ‘bye’ to the second round at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2021. She will face the winner between Marie Bouzkova and Marketa Vondrousova in the second round.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her quarter final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Significantly, the Romanian has already won the Madrid Open, Italian Open, and French Open. Thus, she would love to add one more prestigious clay title to her trophy cabinet.

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