In what can be termed as a major disappointment for tennis fans, two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep will not participate at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The 29-year old Romanian confirmed this news via her twitter handle.
The reason of Halep’s withdrawal is her calf injury, which kept her out of this year’s French Open as well as the Wimbledon. This news comes after Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, two of the biggest names in the history of tennis, are giving the quadrennial event a skip.
‘Will be Watching and Cheering the Romanian Athletes from Home’: Simona Halep
Halep, through her twitter handle, gave this heart-breaking news by tweeting, “Nothing brings me more pride than representing Romania, but sadly the recovery from my calf injury requires more time and I have made the decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games this summer. After the disappointment of missing the French Open and Wimbledon…”
Halep further tweeted, “Having to skip the Olympics is incredibly tough to digest, but I am determined to come back stronger. Iwill be watching and cheering on the Romanian athletes from home.”
This has come as a major setback for Romania as Halep, the World No.3, was a strong medal contender at Tokyo. In her absence, World No.45 Sorana Cirstea is the highest ranked Romanian player on the WTA Tour and is expected to lead the challenge of her country in tennis at the biggest spectacle of the sporting history.