According to the WTA Tournament schedule, the 2021 season begins with the new Abu Dhabi 500 event. However, the former World No.1 Simona Halep announced that she would not participate at the season inaugural tournament, which begins on 5th January in the United Arab Emirates.
The Romanian tennis star has had the intention to play at several events, but she has changed her plan at the end since the Coronavirus outbreak.
In a row, Simona Halep gave up the first tournament of the 2021 season because of none other than 14 days of quarantine restriction.
“I Decided So Because I Felt It Was A Good Decision”: Halep on Abu Dhabi WTA 500 Event
In a recent interview, World No.2 explained that she has no physical problems but feels the new WTA event participation would affect her performance at the Australian Open swing.
Two-time Grand Slam Champion continued, “I have no injuries, but I decided it was better to go straight to Australia. There were also restrictions in Abu Dhabi, and it would have been difficult for me to stay in the hotel for 14 days, and then another 14 days in quarantine.”
29-years-old Romanian added, “I decided so because I felt it was a good decision, considering that in 2020, at tournaments, it was not easy for me.”(Quotes translated into English via Google translator)
However, Halep will leave for Down under from Europe on January 14. Followed by 14 days quarantine, Wimbledon reigning will compete at the Melbourne’s new WTA 500 event, which takes place from 31st January to 7th February.
Afterwards, Woman from Constanta will play at the first Grand Slam of the year Australian Open, where she reached semi-final previous year without losing a single set.