Simona Halep's last two seasons have been affected by a series of injuries that have prevented her from competing in some of the most important tournaments of the WTA Tour. Suffice it to say that only this year, the former world number one was forced to miss two out of four Grand Slams (Roland Garros and Wimbledon, ed) and to see her preparation for the US Open partially compromised.
The Romanian came back to the court at the National Bank Open in early August after a three-month break. At Flushing Meadows, Halep nevertheless found a way to overtake players like Camila Giorgi and Elena Rybakina, before giving up in the round of 16 against one of the best versions of Elina Svitolina.
The Australian Darren Cahill led Lleyton Hewitt to become the youngest ATP No. 1 ever. He also worked with Andre Agassi in the last period of his career, in which he returned to the top of the 2003 ranking.
Thinking about her future and her upcoming engagements, in the last few hours, Halep has decided to end her collaboration with Darren Cahill.
The two started working together in 2015, but due to some family problems, the Australian left his client at the end of 2018.
It is only in 2020 that the working relationship between the two has found a ne w continuity; a continuity, unfortunately, has already vanished.
Recall that Halep won her first Grand Slam in Paris under the technical guidance of Cahill. The former ATP World No.22 is one of the most popular coaches on the circuit. The Australian has in fact collaborated with some of the best players on the Tour.
Also thanks to his contribution, Lleyton Hewitt, for example, managed to reach the top of the world ranking. It is also impossible to forget his collaboration with Andre Agassi. "After six wonderful years of working together, Darren Cahill and I have decided it's time to end our working relationship," the two-time Grand Slam champion wrote on Twitter.
After six wonderful years working together, @darren_cahill and I have decided that it’s time to end our working relationship.
Thank you D for everything, for making me a better tennis player and a better person. ??? pic.twitter.com/VOEt4i81Bf — Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) September 22, 2021
Roger Federer comments on Novak Djokovic's amazing 2021
Roger Federer played just 13 official matches in 2021, with a very unsatisfactory tally of nine wins to four defeats.
His last appearance was at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals thanks to a not impossible draw. His run ended in front of Hubert Hurkacz, who took off the whim of giving him a bagel in the third set on Center Court.
A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had to operate on his right knee for the third time in the past year and a half. The former world number 1 underwent the surgery and has already begun the rehabilitation process.
The hope is to see him back on the pitch in 2022 at least for a final catwalk, useful to end his extraordinary career in the best possible way. During a meeting with sponsors in Zurich, Roger provided some interesting updates on his form.
Recall that the 40-year-old from Basel will not even be able to take part in the 2021 edition of the Laver Cup, staged this weekend in Boston. Federer said: "The worst is over now. I can't wait to find out what the next steps in my rehabilitation process will be.
I went through a similar path last year. I hope to be back on the pitch as soon as possible, but you have to be very patient in these cases." To the Swiss Maestro was then asked for an opinion on Novak Djokovic's 2021, who was unable to complete the Grand Slam by a whisker.
The Serbian champion surrendered to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final after winning the first three majors of the season. Federer said: "I think the Grand Slam is a possible feat, Djokovic proved it this year. Obviously it remains very difficult, it also takes a good dose of luck.
In any case, Novak's 2021 remains absolutely incredible." The Big 3 are currently tied with 20 Grand Slams each.