Simona Halep: It’s the longest period that I haven’t touched a racket

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Simona Halep: It’s the longest period that I haven’t touched a racket

World No. 2 Simona Halep says she has been staying at home during the self-isolation period it is better that the grass court season, including Wimbledon, has been canceled since health comes first. Speaking to Eurosport, the reigning Wimbledon champion says, "It’s a world problem and I just want to say that it’s safer that everything got cancelled.

It’s not a small problem, it’s a huge problem. We just have to listen to what they [experts] say, to stay home and be very safe. Tennis is not everything in my life. Of course, I had so many years where it’s been a priority and it still is.

I am doing everything possible to stay fit, to very quickly get back into rhythm when everything is going to start again. I prefer to stay home, to wait and see and when everything is safe, I will start travelling again. But if I am not a 100 per cent safe, I am not going to leave home, so everything that has been decided already - it’s perfect for me.

Even if I miss tournaments, it’s better to stay safe and to take these decisions." Halep says she is trying to take a positive view of the situation as this will enable her to remain the defending Wimbledon champion for two years.

"I take it positively because I will now be the defending champion for two years, so I can live with that for one more year. I am excited that I will be able to play the first match on Tuesday [in 2021] I think on Centre Court.

So, I really want to have this experience. It’s going to be great for sure. The Romanian says she feels that the tennis circuit will not resume in July and says she will take a break from the game for one more month for now.

"In my opinion it’s going to be longer than July. We hope for the US Open, but we can't be sure because New York is struggling now. I know that the worst scenario in my head is that this year is going to be cancelled, and yes I am sure we are going to overcome this period if we listen and stay home safely.

But for the moment, yes, I think it’s going to be longer than July. I don’t really know how it’s going to be after having no tournaments for so many months. We’ve never been in this situation before, so I think it’s going to be new for everybody.

I will struggle for sure. I will struggle to get back into my rhythm. It’s the longest period that I haven’t touched a racket - not a ball, not a racket - and I want to keep it that way for one more month. I think I need it after so many years."