Romanian tennis star Simona Halep congratulated Horia Tecau on a great career and said she doesn't want to think about what her retirement will be like. Tecau, 36, played his last tournament on the ATP Tour at the ATP Finals.
Unfortunately for Tecau, he and partner Kevin Krawietz failed to make it past the group stage as they went 1-2 at the ATP Finals. Tecau is a three-time Grand Slam doubles champion and a former world No. 2 in doubles. "Horia's retirement is a loss for Romanian and world tennis.
An extraordinary character. He had a dream and he fulfilled it. I congratulate him with all my heart for what he has achieved," Halep told Digisport, as revealed on Treizecizero. "I don't want to think about what my retirement will be like, I have a few more years until then, but it will be a very difficult time."
Tecau was a member of the Romanian team that beat Peru in a Davis Cup tie this past weekend and he plans to play one more Davis Cup.
It's not a goodbye, it's a see you for the next one. Horia confirmed will play one more Davis Cup.
Halep suffered an injury in her last event
Halep was hoping to end her season with a title and she was two wins away from doing that but then she suffered a knee injury and was forced to give a walkover to Jaqueline Cristian.
"Unfortunately I am not able to play in my semifinal after injuring my knee in my match yesterday. I would do anything to be able to play, but it is swollen and painful and playing will only make it worse. I want to say a huge thank you to the tournament and fans here," Halep said in a Twitter post.
A humble Halep drew the attention of the locals when she took the train to Linz. "Well everybody is talking about this but it's not the first time that I have done this. I do normal things. I do separate tennis life from the normal life.
I'm a normal person and I like to do the normal things. So it's not difficult to take the train, I really enjoyed it. It was fun. I mean, I was with the team, I don't like private jets. Anyway, I have never taken a private jet because I like to stay normal," Halep explained in Linz.