“One of Many Amazing Memories”: Darren Cahill on Parting Ways With Simona Halep

Published 09/23/2021, 1:30 AM EDT
ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 19: Simona Halep of Romania fist bumps her coach Darren Cahill during a practice session after her quarter-final match against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan during day six of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico on September 19, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Angelo Carconi – Pool/Getty Images)


Romanian tennis star Simona Halep and Australian coach Darren Cahill had one of the most successful player-coach runs. The couple managed to reach the summit in WTA Rankings and win the 2018 French Open. However, things needed a change in Team Simona. And so, she decided to end her six-year partnership with Cahill.

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Moreover, Halep shared an emotional post on Instagram to officiate the news. She wrote, “After six wonderful years working together, Darren Cahill and I have decided that it’s time to end our working relationship. Thank you, D, for everything, for making me a better tennis player and a better person.”

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 09: Ladies singles winner Simona Halep of Romania celebrates with her coach Darren Cahill in the dressing room following her victory in the ladies singles final against Sloane Stephens of The United States on day fourteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Corinne Dubreui – Pool/Getty Images)

When he saw the shared photo, memories resurfaced in Cahill’s eyes instantaneously. Hence, he decided to respond to Halep’s beautiful gesture.

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He said, “No, thank you, Simo, for allowing me to take an incredible ride on your journey with you. I remember this photo above like it was yesterday, and it is just one of many amazing memories. A great player but, most importantly, a great person and friend. All the best, Simo.”

From when to when Darren Cahill coached Simona Halep?

In 2016, Cahill joined Team Simona Halep for the first time. Significantly, in the next three years, the Romanian had reached three Grand finals and had become the number one player in the world.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 16: Simona Halep of Romania talks with her coach Darren Cahill during her singles match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus on day five of the 2020 Adelaide International at Memorial Drive on January 16, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

However, in 2018, the former player turned coach decided to take a break to spend more time with his family. During that time, Halep lifted her second Grand Slam title in Wimbledon.

Soon after, near the end of the 2019 season, Halep and Cahill reunited once again. And they were together until the US Open 2021, where the Romanian lost to Elina Svitolina for the first time in a Grand Slam.

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Where will Halep play next on the tennis tour?

Recently-married Halep has not yet revealed her return date. In all likelihood, she might take a short break and enjoy her life outside of the tennis court.

As for fans, they would hope to see Halep back on the WTA Tour at the earliest. Let’s see if she decides to play at the upcoming WTA 1000 Indian Wells event.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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