World No. 9 Simona Halep has announced that her 2022 season is over after undergoing a nose surgery. In a note posted to her fans, Halep reflected on her 2022 season. “In February, I was very close to stop tennis because I didn’t believe I have enough power to come back to the top 10.
I was going through many anxious moments and I though it is time to stop cause it is emotionally unhealthy,” Halep wrote in a message posted on her social media. After hiring Patrick Mouratoglou in April, Halep badly wanted to do well at the French Open.
Unfortunately, that put too much pressure on her and she ended up having a panic attack in the middle of her second round loss to Qinwen Zheng. “I felt Roland Garros was the moment that I have to play great because of all the work I’ve done.
I couldn’t handle the pressure and broke down; When I lost at the US Open, I realized that I’m completely exhausted mentally,” Halep confessed.
Halep set to sit out the rest of the season
This week, Halep decided to undergo a surgical procedure to address her difficulties with breathing.
Also, Halep had a plastic procedure on her nose. “Having problems with the breathing for many years already and becoming worse with the time, I decided to follow the advice of my doctors and do the needed surgery. I couldn’t do it earlier because I never found the necessary three months for recovery.
I did also the esthetic past, that I wanted to do for a long time as I did not like my nose at all. I know many of you can understand me,” Halep added. Speaking on her next plans, Halep said she will take some time to rest and heal before returning to action.
“For the moment I am not thinking anything but recovery. What is sure, is that this year I won’t be able to compete in any official tournament anymore. My 2022 season is over. 2022, you have been an interesting year full of everything!
See you on court, 2023! I feel I still have a lot to do on a tennis court and still have some goals,” Halep concluded.