In the last two years we have seen a massive turn around in the career of Simona Halep. The World No. 4 picked up her first grand slam at the Roland Garros in 2018. Later on, she won the Wimbledon title with an amazing triumph over Serena Williams in 2019.
In a world where national borders are practically non-existent, a lot of tennis stars have opted to work with coaches outside their home country. However, this is not what Simona Halep has done. She has a very strong bond with her homeland which she describes as the reason for her success.
Love for her country, love for her people is evident in an interview with Tennis Head. where she said,
” I’m from Romania, I was born there, and I see that as a positive thing, I’ve been very successful in tennis without having a big system, which makes me feel stronger.”
Halep also said,”With the atmosphere back home, I feel like I belong there. That’s why it is always a pleasure to go back. Every time I need to recharge my batteries, I go home. I have my family. I have my relatives and friends. The people make the place better”
When she won the 2018 French open Simona Halep was under the guidance of Australian coach Darren Cahill but this year she went back to her roots. In her amazing win at the Wimbledon Championships every single person on her team was Romanian with the addition of her new coach Daniel Dobre.
Winning an Olympic medal for Romania is one of Simona Halep’s biggest goals as representing her country is something very special to her. “I said that at the beginning of this year and I still say it,” she said. “It’s a chance to play for my country – and I have always loved doing that.”