Simona Halep ends trial with coach Thierry van Cleemput

Former world number one Simona Halep will not be working with Coach Thierry van Cleemput after ending a week trial with the Belgian.

Halep confirmed this while speaking to WTA Insider after landing in Dubai ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

“So we tried for one week and it’s finished,” Halep said.

“We decided to stop because we are not a good fit together. He’s a good person, a very nice person, but on court the chemistry is not there.”

 

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“We couldn’t fit each other tennis-wise. Personally, he is a very nice person. We are friends.”

The Romanian ended her dealings with former coach Darren Cahill in November and she confirmed she is not looking for a coach presently.

“I can say that I am not looking [for a coach] at the moment,” she added.

“I have my team, I have my hitting partner with me. I feel good like this and I will take my time.

“I know I said that when I started the year and then I changed my mind because I felt I need a coach. Still, now I feel like I need that freedom, just to stay and just to play with what I learned from Darren for years.”

“Now I feel more relaxed, I feel more chilled. The priorities are changing a little bit. I’m more responsible for myself and I try to solve my own problems, on court and off court.”

The 27-year-old also expressed happiness with her start to the 2019 season despite her challenge of being without a coach.

“I didn’t think I would panic [without a coach],” Halep continued.

“Of course I was worried a little bit. I didn’t have that feeling for the last four years. Always I had someone behind my shoulders supporting me in every step. So now I am a little bit alone.

“It’s also a good thing. I see the things positively and I feel I can improve more if I stay like this.

“I’m very happy with how I am playing, how I feel on court, how happy I am also off court, I’m relaxed. I’m taking the tournaments like a pleasure now so the pressure is off. It’s really good. I feel like there are no weights on my shoulders now.”

The current world number 3 lost the final of the Qatar Open to Elise Mertens in Doha. She will climb to number 2 on Monday and has been given a bye into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, where she will play either Genie Bouchard or Vera Lapko in her opening match.