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Current French Open champion Simona Halep has appointed Belgian Thierry Van Cleemput as her new coach after parting ways with Darren Cahill.

Simona Halep

The former world No 1 went at it alone at this year’s Australian Open after her former coach Darren Cahill stepped down at the end of the 2018 campaign.

However, WTA Insider reports that Halep and Van Cleemput were spotted working together at Melbourne Park and the Romanian’s PR manager has confirmed the Belgian as her new coach.

They will officially start working together at the Qatar Open, which starts on February 11.

Thierry Van Cleemput 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.

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

Photo credit: Tennis World USA

By Kayode Oniwinde

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