Halep and coach Thierry Van Cleemput end one-week long partnership

Halep and coach Thierry Van Cleemput end one-week long partnership

"We couldn't fit each other tennis-wise. Personally, he is a very nice person. We are friends."

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep and coach Thierry Van Cleemput have ended their short-lived partnership ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

According to WTA Insider, the French Open champion told reporters in Dubai on Sunday—where she's the No. 3 seed—that the two were not compatible.

"We decided to stop because we are not a good fit together. He's a good person, a very nice person, but on court the chemistry is not there.

"We couldn't fit each other tennis-wise. Personally, he is a very nice person. We are friends."

The two started working together last week in Doha, where the Romanian lost to unseeded Elise Mertens in the final.

Van Cleemput previously worked with former world No. 7 David Goffin. Halep had revealed just a week ago that the Belgian’s game helped her coaching hire.

"I always admired Goffin because I liked his game and also the fact that he's going into the court a lot. It's just a new collaboration."

Before collaborating with Van Cleemput, the 27-year-old enjoyed a successful long-term coaching relationship with Darren Cahill, who helped her win her first Grand Slam at the French Open last year. Cahill, who started coaching Halep in 2015, broke up the partnership so he could focus on his family.

Less than a week ago, world No. 1 Naomi Osaka shockingly announced her split with coach Sascha Bajin two weeks after winning her second consecutive Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.