World No. 2 Simona Halep says that she has strong concerns about going to the US Open with the proposed security measures being discussed in order to make the tournament go ahead.
Simona Halep says going to the US Open is a personal decision the players need to make
2 Simona Halep is the latest player to confirm that she has reservations about traveling to New York for the US Open with the increased security protocols, which include limited support staff for the player, staying in one hotel during their entire stay in New York for four weeks, restricted access to the practice courts and no access to other parts of the city.
Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista Agut have also made similar comments in recent days while the lower ranked players are urging the top players to support the tournament. Speaking to the New York Times via email, Halep says, "I definitely have strong concerns about going there with these conditions.
Not just because we are in the middle of a global pandemic, but also because of the risk of traveling, the potential quarantine and changes in the tournament. We are used to things operating very differently and it would not be an easy transition, especially in our bodies.
I know that, financially, the tournament promoters and sponsors would like the event to happen. And there are also a lot of players out of work, but I think it's a very personal decision that we need to make. It is important to understand that everyone has individual needs and circumstances, and we must do what is best for our personal health and also think long term about our career."
Halep's coach had made similar comments to Reuters a day earlier, saying the proposed conditions would be difficult for the Romanian. “The restrictions are tough. They’re incredibly difficult, and every player will have their own opinion as to whether that will work for them.
I’m pretty sure that won’t work for Simona. If you’re in a baseball team or a football team ... at least you have your teammates to travel with, to socialise with and to eat with and to train with. Tennis is a little bit different because it’s an individual sport”.
Simona Halep has been No. 1 for 64 weeks and was the year-end No. 1 in 2017 and 2018. She has won 20 WTA singles titles and has finished runner-up 17 times. Halep has won two Grand Slam singles titles, at the 2018 French Open and the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.