Darren Cahill announced a year-long coaching hiatus on Instagram, meaning he and Roland Garros champion Simona Halep will no long work together ahead of the 2019 season.
David Kane
November 9, 2018

Darren Cahill, longtime coach to WTA World No.1 Simona Halep, announced on Friday that the pair have ended their partnership ahead of the 2019 season.

Cahill, who joined the Romanian's coaching team in 2015, will be taking a 12-month haitus for family reasons, expressing a wish "to be home more for support as our children enter important stages of their lives."

Since partnering with Cahill, Halep became World No.1 at the end of 2017, and finished atop the WTA rankings for a second straight year after winning her maiden major title at this year's French Open.

Check out Cahill's full message here:




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I would like to announce that Simona and I will not be continuing our partnership in 2019 purely for family reasons on my part. . After much thought and discussion, and many years with 30 plus weeks on the road away from my family, I’ve decided to take a 12 month break from coaching to be home more for support as our children enter important stages of their lives with the final year of high school, sports and college preparations all becoming more time consuming. . I’d like to thank Simona for the last 4 amazing years. Her understanding, personality, work ethic, generosity and professionalism made it a pleasure to stand by her side as her coach. She’s a young woman of total class and someone I respect greatly which is something more important than any result achieved. . Basically, I had the dream job and I want to thank her for making it that way, and the opportunity to work with someone so talented and dedicated. . I wish Simo and her team nothing but continued success and I look forward to supporting her from the sidelines next year. . A special mention to Theo Cercel, Andrei Cristofor and Virginia Ruzici for all of the support, belief, friendship and great work through the years. . And finally, to the Romanian fans that show unwavering passion and support for their girl. You guys rock, seriously. Thanks for adopting this Aussie as one of your own for the last 4 years and making me feel welcome in your country. Mulțumesc ❤️ . I will continue to work with the ESPN team at the AO, Wimbledon & US Open tournaments in 2019. . Cheers, Darren

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