Simona Halep had finally to take the decision to start hiring a new coach after parting ways with Darren Cahill.

The former world no.1 decided to stay coachless during the off-season and the Australian summer not to put any additional pressure on herself after 2 tough and successful years.

Simona has now decided to partner with Thierry van Cleemput at least for 1 month as a trial base.

Who is Thierry van Cleemput?

Thierry started coaching back in 1993 and he had the opportunity to coach Olivier Rochus (1993-1997), Steve Darcis (2011-2012), and David Goffin (2014-2019). Apparently, the relationship with David ended on the occasion of the Australian Open.

The comment from Simona

“It was very good, I trained well.

We started the collaboration and we will work together. I hope to be fine. It is something new, something different and it will not be easy but I trust it will be good. The training is a bit different, his personality is a little different, but it is a new challenge for me and we will see how I will do it.”

Simona will play the Qatar Open next week. That will be a fantastic occasion to understand how this partnernship  will work.

Halep splits with her coach Darren Cahill

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My Opinion i hope that it works out for Simona it won’t be easy as she stated but it’s probably worth a try it will be different because i feel like she was very comfortable with Darren Cahill and the confidence was definitely there and it still is so I’m sure the best decision was a 1 month trial and then she will determine if it goes on my only concern is why didn’t he work out with David Goffin which is a good tennis player wishing simona the best with Van Cleemput!