MUMBAI – Wimbledon champion Simona Halep recovered from a leg injury he suffered in February and was able to run without pain, said the former world number one.
Romania won in Dubai but injury forced him to withdraw from Indian Wells, which was later canceled when the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted countries to lock borders and limit travel.
“The legs look good, I have started running and I don’t feel any pain at all,” Halep said in a video posted on Twitter.
“I have not played tennis but being able to do training is very meaningful and gives me a real big positive.”
Tennis, like almost all other sports, has been heavily influenced by the pandemic, with the professional season suspended until at least mid-July.
Halep defeated Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final last year but will not defend her title in 2020 because the Grand Slam was canceled because of the virus, which has infected 1.27 million people globally and caused more than 70,000 deaths, according to Reuters figures.
“I miss my team, I miss the players, I miss the tournament, I miss everyone from the Tour,” said the 28-year-old, who also won the French Open in 2018.
“I know this is a bit difficult for everyone, this period.
“But if we stay at home, if we stay strong and positive it will help a lot. I can’t wait to travel again, I can’t wait to play tennis again and I can’t wait to see you.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Peter Rutherford)
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