The 27-year-old Romanian, Simona Halep is the newly crowned major champion at this year’s Roland Garros. She lived her 14-year-old dream in Paris when she was felicitated with the Suzanne-Lenglen Cup. In addition to that, previously she reached the finals in Paris in 2014 and 2017. Also this year she played an excitedly Australian Open final against Caroline Wozniacki. Recently, she was honoured with a Doctorate Degree by the West University in Romania. Presently she is the World Number one tennis player on the WTA register. Keeping all her glories to one side there is a different sensation raised in an athlete when they play for their play. Also, unfurling their national flag on an international platform makes them a complete sportsperson.
Just as every sportsperson dreams to put their country on the map, Halep aspires to emulate her on-court glory over the past few years in the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Also, she desires to be the flag bearer for Romania in Tokyo.
“I played in London and it was very beautiful,” said Halep.”It was emotional and very different than what we do every day.“Tennis is a single sport, but when I played the Olympics it was totally different. There were emotions that I had never felt before, and I hope to play much better than what I did in London. My main goal in Tokyo is obviously a medal, it does not matter which one. I will do my best to be in Tokyo and win. But I want to stay something more, I hope to be flag-bearer for Romania. It would be a big joy for me. I think, for every athlete, it’s a big achievement to represent your country. I hope to play with Horia Tecau in doubles.”
No matter how many Grand Slam titles you win or the consistently occupy the apex position of tennis. It is altogether a different notion when a tennis player plays for his/her country.