Simona Halep will not be able to defend the title won at Wimbledon last year. The Romanian tennis player is in quarantine because of the Coronavirus emergency that has spread all over the world. At the moment, both ATP and WTA have suspended the season until July 13th.
The former World number 1 was speaking exclusively to a special edition of Eurosport’s Tennis Legends vodcast alongside Boris Becker, Mats Wilander and Tommy Haas. “Well, in Romania it’s pretty bad at the moment.
Everything got cancelled and closed down. We have about 2000 cases and there are not so many deaths, but it’s getting a little bit worse, because we have many people coming from Italy and it’s a little bit, yeah, it’s not easy to manage everything for the hospitals.
I was preparing myself. One week before they closed everything, I was self-isolating because I got a little scared about the virus and about what I was hearing from China and other countries. It’s not easy and I think it isn’t for anybody.
It’s a tough moment because we cannot go out, but let’s accept it, let’s keep our mind positive because it’s the most important thing in these days" - Halep said. Do you think this break will last longer than July? “Well, in my opinion it’s going to be longer than July.
We hope for US Open but it’s not sure because New York is struggling now. I don’t really know how it’s going to be after being off tournaments for so many months. We’ve never been in this situation so I think it’s going to be new to everybody.
And I will struggle for sure. I will struggle to get back to the rhythm”. What parts of your game will you be looking to work on? “My longest break was three weeks until this break. So, I don’t really have that feeling/experience knowing how it is after such a long break without playing.
So, I don’t know what to expect but the most important thing in my game, in my – let’s say style – are the legs. That’s why I keep running, because I need to keep my muscles activated. So, I feel that if I move well on court, the tennis is going to be okay”.