Romania's Simona Halep says she will not play in the Fed Cup competition for Romania next year but still wants to represent her country at the Tokyo Olympic Games, according to Mediafax. Halep, ranked No. 4 in the world, commented, "After many discussions with the team, I chose the Olympics, I decided that I will play the Olympics and, for this, to be able and capable one hundred percent in our minds with the preparation, I chose to play only the Olympics next year and I will do it with pride and with great honor."
Halep said this was a very difficult decision to make for her but she will continue to support the Romanian Fed Cup team and is only doing the same since it is an Olympic year. "A very difficult decision that I had to make, but it was the best thing for us all that we decided with the team.
However, I am always with the team when they play. Mind you, it is not a withdrawal from the Fed Cup, it is just the year of the Olympics." Halep is a former World No. 1 and has been ranked No. 1 in singles for a total of 64 weeks.
She ended the 2017 and 2018 season as the world's top-ranked player. She has won 19 WTA singles titles in her career, including 2 Grand Slam titles - the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019. Halep helped Romania reach the semi-finals of the Fed Cup in 2019 - it was the first time since 1973 that Romania had reached the semi-finals of the competition.
Halep won both of her rubbers against the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, Halep won both of her singles matches but the team ended up losing to France in the semi-finals. Halep has already played for Romania at the 2012 Olympic Games in London but was beaten in her opening round match. She did not play the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to concerns about the Zika virus.