Former world no.1 Simona Halep had a decent start to her 2022 WTA season. She won the Melbourne Summer Set 1 event ahead of the Australian Open and gained enough confidence to play the year’s first Grand Slam. At the ‘happy slam’, she lost in the fourth round to French player Alize Cornet in an intense, three-set battle.
After the pre-quarters exit in Melbourne, Halep reportedly parted ways with both her current coaches – Daniel Dobre and Adrian Marcu.
Adrian joined Halep’s team as a successor to Cahill while Daniel was part of the Romanian’s entourage for a while. The news of this termination was reported by Romanian outlet, Digisport.
It was known to the world that Halep parted ways with long-time coach and friend Darren Cahill. Cahill played a huge role in shaping up Halep as a world champion and worked with her closely on the psychological aspect of the game. It was a mutual decision to split as Cahill moved on to coach American youngster Amanda Anisimova.
When Marcu joined her team for the first time after Cahill left, Halep was glad to have found a replacement and intended to work with her new coach till 2023.
“Mr. Dobre is in the team and Mr. Marcu also came. We have a complete team. I go to these tournaments with Mr. Marcu. I always had an affinity with him. In 2013, I had very good results. You can’t be alone at this level.”
Halep is scheduled to play in Dubai later this month
Adrian Marcu teamed up with Halep in 2013 and they had a decent outing on the WTA tour with the Romanian won six WTA titles and witnessed a significant rise in her singles ranking.
At the moment, there is no official confirmation from Halep on the status of her coaches and reports suggest that she made the decision after inefficient communication between both the parties.
Coming to Halep’s upcoming tournaments, the 2019 Wimbledon champion is set to play the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this month, where she will be present in the main draw alongside Aryna Sabalenka, Garbine Muguruza, Iga Swiatek amongst others.