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Darren Cahill to no longer coach Simona Halep

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Darren Cahill, of World number one and Romanian star Simona Halep, announced that the coach-player duo has ended their partnership ahead of the upcoming 2019 season.

took to his to reveal that he will be taking a 12-month break for personal reasons.

"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, and college preparations all becoming more time consuming," he wrote.

Thanking for giving him the opportunity to provide coaching, stated, "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 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, and for all of the support, belief, friendship, and great work through the years," he said.

While expressing gratitude to the Romanian fans, also said that he will continue to work with the ESPN team at the Australian Open, and in 2019.

"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. I will continue to work with the ESPN team at the AO, & tournaments in 2019," he added.

Acknowledging her coach's statement, the Romanian sensation said that she was lucky to have Cahill as her

"Thank you so much @dc10s (Darren Cahill) for all your hard work and incredible support over the past four years. I was lucky to have you and what a journey we had. Wishing you and your family nothing but the best and I'm sure I'll see you soon!"

became the World Number 1 at the end of 2017 season and retained her top spot for the second consecutive year in the 2018 Women's Association (WTA) singles rankings after winning her maiden major title.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 15:23 IST