COVID-19: It’s the longest period I haven’t touched a racket, Simona Halep says


Romania’s Simona Halep poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after successful the ladies’s singles title at Wimbledon final yr.
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London: Simon Halep is making an attempt to look on the brilliant facet relating to the suspension of the tennis season as a result of coronavirus pandemic, which implies at the least she shall be known as reigning Wimbledon champion for 2 years.

The Romanian former world quantity produced a flawless efficiency to beat Serena Williams in final yr’s remaining however this week’s cancellation of the grasscourt Grand Slam means she is not going to get to defend her title this summer season.

Halep, 28, is at present again in her native Romania the place she has been locked down at residence for 22 days, solely coming out briefly to jog across the grounds of her residence.

Requested in regards to the Wimbledon cancellation, introduced on Wednesday, Halep informed Eurosport’s Tennis Legends vodcast: “I take it positively, as a result of I’m now the defending champion for 2 years. So, I’ve to reside with that for another yr in order that’s a superb factor once more.

“I’m excited that I can play the primary match on (the) Tuesday I believe on Centre Courtroom. So, I actually wish to make this expertise. It’s going to be nice for certain.”

The WTA Tour and ATP Tour have been shut down till the center of July, at the least, however Halep is equipped for an extended suspension of the season, presumably the entire yr.

“I do know that the worst situation in my head is that this yr goes to be cancelled and, yeah, I’m certain we’re going to beat this era if we hear and keep residence safely,” she mentioned.

“For the second, I believe it’s going to be longer than July. We hope for the US Open (scheduled for August 31 to September 13) however it’s undecided as a result of New York is struggling now.”

After so a few years jet-setting across the globe, Halep mentioned the enforced time without work from the Tour had been welcome in some respects, even when the circumstances had been dreadful.

“It’s the longest interval that I haven’t touched a racket. Not the ball, the racket – since Dubai,” she mentioned. “And I wish to hold it that means for another month.

“I simply stored it very secure as a result of I’m a bit bit scared about it. And I simply wish to keep chilled. I get up at round 10 or 11. It’s superb to have numerous sleep.

“No alarm clock, no schedule, so I simply get up. I’ve a late breakfast after which I do some operating right here within the advanced. As a result of we’re allowed to do it, it’s a personal residence.

“In the home I work on my core and my different workouts. So, day by day I’m working and I really feel match sure.” Halep mentioned that whereas she missed her job, it was proper that sport had pale into the background at a time of worldwide disaster.

“It’s only a world downside and I simply wish to say that it’s safer that every part bought cancelled. It’s not a small downside, it’s an enormous downside. And we simply should hearken to what they are saying, to remain residence and being very secure,” she mentioned.

“Tennis shouldn’t be every part in my life.”

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