Simon Halep is trying to look on the bright side regarding the suspension of the tennis season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means that at least she will be called Wimbledon reigning champion for two years.
The former Romanian world number produced an impeccable performance to beat Serena Williams in last year’s final, but last week’s cancellation of the grass Grand Slam means she won’t be able to defend her title this summer.
Halep, 28, is currently back in her native Romania, where she has been locked up at home for 22 days, only jumping briefly to run to her residence.
Asked about the cancellation of Wimbledon, announced on Wednesday, Halep told Eurosport Tennis Legends vodcast: “I take it positively, because I am now the reigning champion for two years. So, I have to live with it for another year, so it’s a good thing. again.
“I am thrilled to be able to play the first game on Tuesday on Center Court. So I really want to have this experience. It will definitely be fantastic.”
The WTA Tour and ATP Tour have been closed until at least mid-July, but Halep is ready for a longer suspension of the season, probably all year round.
“I know the worst case scenario in my mind is that this year will be canceled and, yes, I’m sure we will get through this period if we listen and stay home safely,” he said.
“For the moment, I think it will be longer than July. Hopefully for the United States Open (scheduled from August 31 to September 13), but it’s not sure why New York is struggling now.”
After so many years of jet-setting around the world, Halep said that the leisure time required by the Tour was welcome in some respects, even if the circumstances were terrible.
“It’s the longest period I haven’t touched a racket. Not the ball, the racket – from Dubai,” he said. “And I want to continue like this for another month.
“I kept it very safe because I am a little afraid about it. And I just want to stay relaxed. I wake up around 10 or 11. It is very nice to sleep a lot.
“No alarm clock, no schedule, so I wake up. I have breakfast late and then I run a bit here in the complex. Because we are allowed to do it, it’s a private residence.
“At home I work on my core and my other exercises. So, every day I work and I feel fit, yes.”
Halep said that while she lacked her job, it was only fair that sport had waned in a time of global crisis.
“It’s just a worldwide problem and I just want to say it’s safer that everything has been erased. It’s not a small problem, it’s a huge problem. And we just have to listen to what they say, stay home and be very safe,” she She said.
“Tennis is not everything in my life”.