Simona Halep pulls out of the French Open with ‘a heavy heart’

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Simona Halep has announced that she will not be playing at the French Open this year, after failing to recover from a calf injury.

The former world No.1 and 2018 Roland-Garros champion has been struggling with her form and fitness in recent months, with confirmation of her decision to withdraw from the second Grand Slam of the year coming on her Twitter page.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal from Ronald-Garros this year,” she wrote.

“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! A bientot.”

The 29-year-old Halep would have been one of the favourites at the event, in which she also reached the final in 2014 and 2017.

Halep’s absence in Paris will leave the draw wide open in the women’s event, with odds makers struggling to identify a tournament favourite after a year of mixed results on the WTA Tour.

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