Fit-again Simona to play in Germany this month, ahead of Wimbledon


Former world No.1 Simona Halep of Romania, having recovered from an injury, will return to competitive tennis in Germany this month, a week prior to Wimbledon where she is the defending champion.

The organisers of the Bad Homburg, to be played from June 20-26, confirmed on Tuesday that Simona, 29, had accepted a wildcard entry.

Simona, the current world No. 3, had won the Wimbledon title in 2019 – the 2020 edition was cancelled due to Covid pandemic — and will be returning to the grass court tournament, starting on June 28.

Simona, winner of the French Open title in 2018, missed the clay-court major this year due to a calf-muscle tear at the Italian Open in Rome last month.

“I am super excited to announce that I will be playing for the first edition in Bad Homburg, and I am looking forward to see all the fans in the stands,” she said in a video tweet.

The tournament organisers will allow a maximum of 600 spectators each day due to the Covid-related restrictions.

Two other former Wimbledon champions — Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova — are set to play in Bad Homburg.