World No. 2 Simona Halep says she is taking the lockdown measures very seriously and has not ventured out of her house in Bucharest at all even as the military in Romania ensures that people remain off the streets. Speaking to CNN, the reigning Wimbledon champion Halep says, "I have not been going out at all.
I am definitely a person who takes these things very seriously and is nervous about them. The lockdown has been very strict here in Romania, we have had military on the streets and are not allowed to go outside." Romania has reported more than 9,000 cases of the coronavirus and nearly 500 deaths as of April 22nd and Halep says she is trying to remain focused on how she can help.
"It has been a scary situation here in Romania. I try not to watch too much or read too much in the news as I find it very worrying; I prefer to focus on helping where I can. And playing my part by staying inside, and of course staying positive and strong."
Like all other players, Halep says the uncertainty about not knowing when the tour will resume is something she is not used to. "I believe that if we are playing tennis again in September we have already won, because it means the threat of the virus will be over.
We can only dream of playing a grand slam at this point, but I support the tournament and of course I will look forward to playing if we can. It's definitely strange not to know when we will be able to play tournaments again.
Which surface will we play on? In which country? There are no answers right now, so it's difficult to plan ahead. It's definitely very strange to have no tennis in my life for such a long period of time. The longest of my career."
The former World No. 1 is also using the downtime to heal her foot injury which she had been dealing with since the beginning of the year.