“Madrid is special, I had been waiting for two years to return”

The Romanian Simone halep, double champion of Mutua Madrid Open in 2016 and 2017 and a finalist on two other occasions, the last one in 2019, he declared that the Spanish city is “special” and he had been “two years waiting to return” to a tournament that he “really likes”.

Halep will face the Spanish Sara Sorribes in the first round, who is in the tournament with an invitation and which she already defeated at Roland Garros in 2020.

“I feel good and I am happy to be in Madrid. Here my game looks good and I have nothing more to ask for,” said Halep, who has “a great memory” of his previous appearances in the Spanish city.

“In Madrid I have had great results and here the conditions are good to play. I feel at home, it is a good tournament and actually I had been waiting two years to return here,” he confessed.

Halep started the clay court season last week in Stuttgart (Germany) reaching the semifinals, he will continue it in Madrid and then go to Rome (Italy). “It will be a normal season with the planned schedule,” he stressed.

On the track at the Caja Mágica in Madrid, Halep stressed that “the altitude makes the balls bounce higher and the conditions are more complicated.”

“Even so, these conditions help me because the ball flies a little more and I have extra energy. I’m confident and I think I can play a great game on these courts,” she said.

Finally, Halep spoke about the “bubble” that tennis is becoming to be able to face the different tournaments around the world due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

“It is not easy at all, it is very difficult to be in this bubble every week, but we have to be grateful that these tournaments are happening. It is a privilege to be playing in these tough times even though you cannot relax in the places as much as before.” , he concluded.