Come back and prove yourself in every way. Simona Halep, No. 2 in the world, commented to the press at the WTA in Prague, a tournament where she is the great favorite on her return to the circuit after five months of inactivity due to the coronavirus pandemic, which she will later analyze if she will finally play the US Open.
The Romanian confessed that she has not yet decided on her participation in the New York Grand Slam: “The decision about whether I will play in the United States will be made after the Prague tournament. I need to be sure and see what changes the organization of the tournament will make with the quarantine and those things. When I know everything for sure, I will make a final decision, “he said.
Halep, the owner of 20 singles titles, including 2018 Roland Garros and 2019 Wimbledon, has serious doubts about whether she will participate in the US Open. The Australian Ashleigh Barty, No. 1 in the world, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (5th) and the Dutch Kiki Bertens (7th) have already signed off from this event.
The New York tournament creates uncertainty among female tennis players, despite the organizers’ decision to create a safe “bubble” in New York, with strict protocol and no spectators in the stadiums. “I know it is very strict, it is a bit stressful from my point of view,” Halep added in Prague.
“But these safety rules are necessary, health is the most important thing. My priority is my health, the mental part, and I do not want to stress over anything. I will base my final decision on that,” he said.