Simona Halep will reunite with coach Darren Cahill for the 2020 season. The two-time Grand Slam champion took to Twitter to make the announcement.
“I have some exciting news to share with you,” Halep announced to her social media followers. “After a year without him on my team, I’m happy to announce that Darren will be back by my side next season."
Halep and Cahill had parted ways at the end of the 2018 season, as the Australian wanted to spend more time with his family. It ended a successful three-year partnership, which saw the Romanian lift her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open.
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
"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," Cahill wrote.
In July, Halep defeated 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in straights sets to win her second major, at Wimbledon.
The Romanian is currently ranked No. 6.