Reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep says she is still undecided about going to the US Open because she is not sure what the situation will be in the coming weeks. Halep, who is likely to play the Palermo WTA event in early August, spoke to BBC about her plans of playing in the US Open.
Simona Halep says she is unsure about playing the US Open in New York
The World No. 2, from Romania, said, "I have no idea at the moment because nobody knows what is going to happen after this month. I will wait to see what is being decided, see what the other players will do."
The US Open is scheduled to begin in New York in late August as of now but several players have expressed concerns about travelling to the United States in light of the global health crisis. Many players based in Europe have said they may not want to take the risk of travelling to the United States where the cases of coronavirus have been rising over the past few days although the situation in New York is much better.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has confirmed his participation in the Madrid Masters event which begins one day after the US Open, which has led many to consider that he skip the US Open in New York. The Romanian said she led a normal life in the past two months during the shutdown but is hungry to travel and play tennis once again.
"It was the longest break in my life. I told everyone I was going to put a racquet away and lead a normal life. I didn’t have a schedule or the emotions for practice and for the matches, or that I had to pack again and leave.
So it was pretty good, I took it as a positive as much as possible. I did normal stuff, nothing special. I wanted to chill and clear my mind, after many years at the top the pressure was high. Now I’m hungry again. I want to travel and play tennis.
This period helped me believe I have a few more years ahead”. 28 year old Simona Halep is a former World No. 1 and is currently ranked No. 2 in the world. She has won 20 WTA singles titles, including two Grand Slam singles titles, at the 2018 French Open and the 2019 Wimbledon Championships in her career so far.