Renowned tennis coach Darren Cahill felt he would not be able to do his coaching job properly and that's why he suddenly called it quits with Amanda Anisimova. After Cahill split with Simona Halep, he became a part of Anisimova's coaching staff for 2022.
Cahill and Anisimova got off to a good start as the American won the Melbourne Summer Set 2 and made the Australian Open round-of-16. “I arrived in the US about 3 days before heading to Indian Wells and didn’t feel right.
After the second day on court with Amanda, I quickly realized that there was no way I was going to be able to go the distance and give her the attention and care needed to do the coaching job properly," Cahill explained, per Tennis365.
“It’s not easy to explain but since emerging from the enforced 28-day quarantine late last year in Australia, I’ve had trouble getting going. That was on the back of 14 days’ quarantine before the AO in 2021, and then 9 months abroad because of our border restrictions and quarantine rules.
After spending 28 days over analyzing and critiqing every coaching move, my mind was exhausted."
Anisimova didn't go far in Indian Wells
Anisimova defeated Emma Navarro in the Indian Wells first round, before abruptly retiring to Leylah Fernandez in the second round.
After Fernandez won the second set in a tie-break to force a decider, Anisimova retired the match. Anisimova won the first set, had a 5-3 lead in the second set but then blew four match points as Fernandez stole the set in a tie-break to force a third set.
After the match, Anisimova revealed what caused her to retire abruptly. "Hi everyone, unfortunately I've been quite sick the last few days and yesterday I woke up feeling very ill. I wanted to try and push through it in the match and continue playing the tournament.
I couldn't go on with the match anymore because I felt like I was putting my health at risk at that point. It's disappointing for me to end this week like this, but that's just the way it is sometimes, I'll try to be better next time.
I'll look forward to getting back on court soon. And please keep your negative comments to yourself," Anisimova wrote in a message posted on her social media.