Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming French Open because she has been unable to recover from the calf injury she sustained during a match at the Italian Open earlier this month.
The Romanian world number 3, who suffered the injury during the second round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber in Rome on May 12, had to be helped off the pitch and retire. Subsequently, an MRI scan was performed that revealed a small tear in his left calf, making it clear that the recovery time is too short as the second Grand Slam of the year begins on May 30. The Roland Garros champion has returned to her native Romania to receive proper rehabilitation and treatment from her doctor Stefan Irimia.
Speaking of the decision he has made, he regrets not being a part of the French Open saying: “It is with great regret that I announce my retirement from Roland Garros this year. Unfortunately, the tear in my left calf takes longer to heal and the timeline is too short. ”
It will be the first time in Halep’s tennis career since he made his debut in 2010 that he will miss the French Open. In addition to her 2018 triumph in Paris, she has also reached the final on two other occasions: 2014 and 2017. She has won 31 Rolland Garros matches to date, which is the most for her at any Grand Slam.
The 29-year-old, who has yet to win a title this year after having her best races of the season in Stuttgart and Australia, will be replaced by Italian Jasmine Paollini to fill her vacancy. A formal statement from Halep or members of her has yet to be released.
As Halep is one of the best players on the clay court circuit, reigning champion Iga Swiatek is the anticipated favorite to win the title as the Romanian will miss the tournament.