Coach Darren Cahill says Simona Halep should be the one opening the play on Wimbledon's Centre Court this year. "This should be Simona Halep. Covid wiped out the 2020 championships & unable to play last year due to injury so Ash Barty was given the honor.
With Ash retired, the privilege and honor should go back to Simo. She has earned it as 2019 champ." Cahill tweeted.
Traditionally, Wimbledon allows defending champions to open the play on Centre Court.
This should be Simona Halep.
Covid wiped out the 2020 championships & unable to play last year due to injury so Ash Barty was given the honor.
However, that won't be possible this year as 2021 Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty announced a shock retirement from tennis this past March. Now, the Wimbledon organizers will have to find a replacement for Barty. In 2019, Halep lifted her maiden Wimbledon title after beating Serena Williams in the final 6-2 6-2.
At the time, Cahill was working with Halep. Wimbledon was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic, while Halep didn't play at The Championships last year due to a calf injury.
Halep on dominating Williams in the Wimbledon final
Going into the 2019 Wimbledon final, Williams was considered as the favorite because of her astonishing success at The All England Club.
Playing in her first Wimbledon final, Halep was absolutely brilliant as she beat seven-time Wimbledon champion Williams with just four games lost. "I didn’t expect that I can play final on the grass surface, because we never had a court back home, grass court.
So, I didn’t expect that I’ll be in the final and playing against Serena. I had like no expectations because I knew she was the queen of grass. She won so many times, so the pressure was not negative, was positive.
I was super focused, it was my perfect day of tennis,” Halep told Alize Lim for Tennis Majors' show "Major Talk." In April, Halep hired Williams' ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Halep is hoping to get back to winning Grand Slams and she certainly hopes to do well at Wimbledon.