The long-lived partnership of Simona Halep and coach Darren Cahill has broken up, with the double Grand Slam winner announcing the amicable split on Wednesday.
“After six wonderful years working together, Darren Cahill and I have decided that it’s time to end our working relationship,” Halep tweeted.
“Thank you D for everything, for making me a better tennis player and a better person.”
The coaching collaboration ran for more than half a decade – a lifetime in WTA terms where the mentor merry-go-round never stops spinning.
Halep won her first title at a major under the wing of “Killer” Cahill in 2018 after reaching the top ranking spot a season earlier. The Romanian lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2019 when Cahill was on a break from the job.
The combo resumed in time for the WTA Finals in 2019.
Cahill performed a constant juggling act between a commentator’s job on ESPN in the US and his on-court guidance of Halep.
The Australian was locked down in his hometown of Adelaide during the pandemic period last year, making a coaching relationship fraught at best.