April 18, 2024

Open Court


Simona Halep and Darren Cahill call it a G’Day


There have been a lot of major changes in Simona Halep’s life the last couple of weeks.

It’s almost as though she’s … putting her affairs in order for the next phase of her life, less than a week before her 30th birthday.

Halep announced Wednesday that her coach-player relationship with the well-respected Darren Cahill is over, after the two worked together for the better part of the last six years.

In women’s tennis, that is an eternity.

Just last week, Halep tied the knot with boyfriend Toni Iuruc in a civil ceremony followed by a fabulous reception.

New marriage, coaching change – busy week

According to news reports out of Romania, the religious ceremony will he held next year, and Halep will now be known as Simona Halep-Iuruc.

Iuruc is reportedly 42, and this is his third marriage. They first emerged as a couple a little over two years ago.

Did she post this on her honeymoon?

That’s a lot of change in one week.

Cahill and Halep (mostly) on since 2015

Halep first began working full-time with Cahill at Wimbledon 2015, after a short-term association with Victor Ionita following a split with well-known coach Wim Fissette.


After a few heartbreaks in majors (notably the Roland Garros finals in 2014 and 2017), Halep finally broke through and won in Paris in 2018. She backed that up with a near-perfect run to the Wimbledon title the following year.

Two Grand Slam titles and No. 1 with Cahill

Halep became No. 1 in in the world for the first time in Oct. 2017, after reaching the finals in Beijing.

At the end of that 2018 season, the two announced a year-long break as Cahill said he needed to spend that time with his family, with his teen children at key decision-making phases of their lives.

He was never far away, though. With his other job as a commentator for ESPN, he was at a lot of the big events and on hand – at least unofficially.

Though no longer officially her coach, Cahill watches on intently, seated next to Halep’s mother, as she practices ahead of the 2019 Australian Open.

They reunited in 2020.

Halep is currently ranked No. 14, after missing both Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year with a calf injury.

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