Simona Halep made a heartbreaking decision to skip this year’s French Open as the injury she sustained in Rome hasn’t healed yet.
The world No.3 Halep suffered a very painful left calf tear during her second-round match against Angelique Kerber at the recent Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Following an MRI scan, the Romanian informed the tennis world that her injury was not serious, but she didn’t know how much time it would take to fully recover. Apparently, the French Open is too soon and she’ll have to miss the tournament where she won her first Grand Slam title three years ago.
Unfortunately the tear in my left calf needs more time to recover and the timeline is just too short. Withdrawing from a Grand Slam goes against all my instincts and aspirations as an athlete, but it is the right and only decision to make. The thought of not being in Paris fills me with sadness, but I will focus my energy on recovery, staying positive and getting back on court as soon as it is safe to do so. Roland Garros 2022, I’m coming for you!
The French Open starts on May 30.