The Romanian university in Timisoara, West University awards the 27-yeard-old, Simona Halep from Romania with an honorary doctorate degree. The Constanta-born tennis player, Halep received the degree of doctor honoris causa for her achievements in tennis. Also, She happens to be the unofficial ambassador of her country by putting her nation on the map with her tennis racquet.
This year she picked up her maiden Grand Slam title by beating Stephens in the final. Also, she finished the year as the World Number tennis player for the second time in a row. Her injury denied her to participate in the WTA Finals Singapore. Despite her non-participation in Singapore, she was declared the Player of the Year. In addition to that, this year Halep was given the award of Cetățean de onoare (“Honorary Citizen”) of the city of Bucharest.“I’m so proud and honoured to receive the title Doctor Honoris Causa from West University in Timisoara!”, Halep tweet.
I'm so proud and honoured to receive the title Doctor Honoris Causa from West University in Timisoara! 🎓🙏 pic.twitter.com/PDZbakVtu6
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) November 23, 2018
The Romanian parted ways with her coach Darren Cahil at the beginning of November. The Australian, Cahil plans to spend some time with his family and children. Halep decides to not to hire a coach in the immediate future and also for commencing her tennis season 2019.
“I thought about it and I will not have a coach in the following period. I want to go to some tournaments on my own and we’ll see how that goes‘, said the World Number one. Halep eyes to add a new Grand Slam title on her list. Particularly aims to clinch the title in SW19. “I want a new Grand Slam trophy, it’s a goal every year”, she quoted. As she plans to begin her next tennis season without a coach hopefully she maintains her ranking and emulates her achievement of this year in the next season as well.