World no. 3 Simona Halep will not be playing the Bad Homburg Open that’s to start next week. The Romanian, who’s travelled to the German city made the announcement via a video that she shared on her social media channel.
Halep’s still yet to recover from a calf injury. “Hi everyone, I am here in Bad Homburg… But I would like to just announce that I will not compete this week because my calf is not ready for competition,” Halep shared in her video.
“I feel bad about that and sad because it’s a beautiful place and (at) the same time, I would like to thank everybody from here because the conditions are great and I really enjoyed the time here”. Finally, she added, “I will keep practising because I want to be able to play in Wimbledon.
But for now, I have to take care of my body and to see how the recovery is going”.
Simona Halep's shock injury ahead of Paris
Halep tore her left calf muscle during her second-round match against Angelique Kerber at the Rome Open in May.
The injury also side-lined the former world no. 1 – the 2018 champion – out of the French Open later the same month. Halep is the defending champion at Wimbledon, winning the last edition of the tournament in 2019.
The 29-year-old defeated Serena Williams in the final, picking her second Major. Meanwhile, Simona Halep, prior to her decision to pull out of the Bad Homburg Open, would have been the tournament top-seed. This is the inaugural edition of the tournament, which will be played from 20th-26th June.
Other players who’ll be playing in Bad Homburg include Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Nadia Podoroska, Jessica Pegula, and Amanda Anisimova. Germans Angelique Kerber and Laura Siegemund have also been confirmed to play the tournament.