Simona Halep: I don’t feel afraid because I’m vaccinated

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep says she has no fears of COVID-19 after taking a vaccine and she has urged everyone else on the Tour to go and get their dose. 

Halep tested positive for the coronavirus in October and missed the remainder of the 2020 season. 

In February, Halep received her COVID-19 vaccination. 

“I don’t feel afraid, because I am vaccinated,” Halep said, per Tennis365. “I feel protected. I am taking care. I wear the mask when many people are around.”

The Tour went on a five-month hiatus last year and once it resumed, bubbles and playing behind the closed doors was the normalcy. 

“I feel much better when the tournament is open,” Halep said. “I don’t like the bubbles. I feel very stressed when I’m in the bubble. So if people can vaccinate more and more, [it] will be better, because we will not have more restrictions any more.”

Halep returns to action 

After a two-month break due to an injury, Halep returned to action at last week’s Montreal Masters. 

Unfortunately for Halep, she lost her opener in Montreal. 

This week, Halep is playing at the Cincinnati Masters and she claimed her first win May after beating Magda Linette in her Cincinnati opener. 

“The time home was great. I was with my family. I was with my friends. So I needed this break to recharge my batteries, mentally first and of course physically because of the injury … It was good to recover a little bit,” Halep revealed.

Missing Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics wasn’t easy at all for Halep. 

“Honestly I didn’t watch. Just a few balls, few games. But I didn’t pay attention.

It was too painful to watch the matches. When you are injured, you feel sad and disappointed. It’s not really good, in my opinion, to stay and watch matches,” Halep admitted.