The Romanian Simona Halep, the world number 1, had on Monday in the fourth round of the Australian Open its more recognizing in the American Serena Williams (WTA 16) in three sets (6-1, 4-6 and 6-4). An attentive spectator at the Rod Laver Arena was Thierry Van Cleemput. A day after his collaboration with David Goffin was stopped, he followed the duel near the box of Halep. The tennis coach remained afterwards mysterious about his presence.
The Belgian trainer fired Halep during the match firmly, and applauded several times with a handsome action. Earlier Monday, he had also been the training of the Romanian attended.
“I realize that it might be a little weird was that I sat there, but for the time being I have no sense to explain more,” said Van Cleemput. “Such talk lead to nothing. I ask some patience. I am waiting for my situation itself.”
“We are with each other talking, but he is officially not my new coach,” said Halep about the presence of Van Cleemput. “He was still not completely in my box. A row behind it. We will see. Nothing is yet decided. We need each other first and get to know. I have nothing to do with the end of his collaboration with David. I think it’s just a great coach. And we have here only to talk. After the split up. Or I am in contact with him have taken? You are too curious… (laughs)”
Halep is since november without trainer after she broke up with the Australian Darren Cahill.