Simona Halep finally learned to love all the idiosyncrasies on offer at Wimbledon when she lifted the title in 2019, and freely admits she isn’t ready to let them go.
“I like tradition,” she said after a straightforward victory over Magdalena Freçh. “I like what's happening here in Wimbledon, it's pretty special, with all white and this stuff.”
In the three years since the former world No. 1 last appeared at the All England Club—sitting out the tournament in 2021 due to a calf injury—one major tradition has disappeared with the removal of Middle Sunday, but with a little lucky scheduling, Halep can nonetheless reset before the second week.
“I'm not playing, so...yeah, I will enjoy!”
Halep has come to life at SW19 after several months of inconsistency and upheaval, the nadir coming at Roland Garros, when she suffered a panic attack during a three-set defeat to Zheng Qinwen.