“At the end of the week, she asked me if I was available to coach her. I have the highest respect for her but it was out of the question at the time. A few weeks later, I had a conversation with Serena, and the door opened for me, at least short term, to work with someone else. I will keep you updated on what’s coming next soon.”
Halep turned professional in 2006 and has since won two Grand Slam titles of her own at the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon the following year. The Romanian 30-year-old ranks fourth all-time in terms of prize money, but was toppled at Indian Wells by new world number one Iga Swiatek last month.