Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has tested positive for COVID-19, the Romanian revealed on social media on Saturday, adding that she is ‘recovering well from mild symptoms’, while earlier in the week, France’s Fiona Ferro also tested positive, according to a post on her profile.
29-year-old Halep, who is currently ranked No 2 in the world, skipped the US Open due to fears of catching the coronavirus, saying in August that she preferred to stay and train in Europe.
I wanted to let you know that I tested positive for COVID-19. I am self-isolating at home and am recovering well from mild symptoms. I feel good ... we will get through this together. Simona Halep
The former World No 1 won Wimbledon in 2019 after taking the French Open title in 2018.
Many European countries are experiencing surging numbers of COVID-19 infections and a new wave of lockdowns are sweeping across France, Germany and other places this week.
Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and Greece have closed, or clamped down again on nightspots and imposed other restrictions such as curfews and mandatory mask-wearing.
Ferro goes into solitary
Ferro wrote on social media: “Hello everyone, I hope you are well. Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I will follow the doctors’ recommendations and go into solitary confinement to a week.
“I’m fine at the moment and have no acute symptoms.”
Ferro won her first career title in Palermo in August and continued her run at Roland Garros where she narrowly beat Britain’s Heather Watson in two tight sets, then upset 14th-seed Elena Rybakina from Kazakstan in three sets and took out Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig before losing to finalist Sofia Kenin, the No 4 seed from USA.
This was the 23-year-old’s best career result at a major.
Swiatek broadens her horizons
Meanwhile, French Open champion Iga Swiatek continues to isolate after contact with COVID-positive Polish President Andrzej Duda after receiving the Gold Cross of Merit for her achievements in sports and promotion of the country internationally.
“I decided to stay home for a few days,” said Swiatek earlier this week. “I met someone [in fact, the Polish president Andrzej Duda] who tested positive for COVID-19, but it was only for 15 seconds and he was wearing a mask and gloves.
“Anyway, I thought I would use the time to learn something new about politics and social issues. I spend so many hours on court, and right now when I don’t have school, I am just trying to find out more about what’s going on in Europe.
“When I am abroad, it’s hard to be on top of what is happening in Poland.”
That the 19-year has broad horizons is clear and while she finds out more about Poland, Poland has gone gaga for Iga.
She is the first Pole of either gender to win a major, which is why President Duda called her into Warsaw’s Parliament building a week ago to award her the Golden Cross of Merit.
Swiatek has also revealed that the unprecedented attention now being paid to her by the Polish media following her stunning performance in Paris is ‘crazy’.
“In my country, now it’s incredible,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of media coverage, been on TV shows, and on Wednesday I was on the air from nine in the morning to nine in the evening!
“Now I can finally put my thoughts together and realise that I have indeed won a Grand Slam title.
“I’m becoming more and more popular, so I have to get used to it.
“I need a couple of weeks to learn how a star behaves, for me it’s a new experience. It is a truly unique moment.“
Swiatek dominated the clay court Grand Slam and won the title without conceding a set.
”I didn’t expect this result,” she admitted. “Even though I was playing my tennis, I thought that at most I would reach the final, but that too was a shock to me.
“I am very happy that my tennis has exploded at Roland Garros.”
Swiatek, who has been collaborating with psychologist Daria Abramowicz, added: “Many think that a psychologist is useful only for those with specific problems, but I don’t think so.
“My journey started by opening myself up on the way of seeing the world, on the relationship. with my parents, with the surrounding reality. I worked on myself, accompanied by a great professional.
“We tennis players are obliged to be alone a lot, it is important to spend time with people we trust.
Swiatek has taken care to finish her education.”
“A few months ago I graduated with an excellent grade,” she said. “I want to be perfect in everything I do and this approach has sometimes been a problem, which I worked on with Daria.
“The graduation grade it would allow me to enrol in any Polish university, or get a scholarship in the US.
“For now I want to focus on tennis and it’s not easy to combine professional sport and study, but if I don’t win another Grand Slam and get into the top 5 in a short time you can be sure that I will enrol in college!”