Darren Cahill, the coach of World No. 2 Simona Halep, has said that the protocols being proposed by the organizers of the US Open are very difficult and may not work for the Romanian tennis star, in an interview to Reuters.
Several top players in recent days have said that they find the restrictions in recent days to be very difficult. These include limiting a player to one support staff, spending the time in New York in one hotel and restricted access to the practice courts.
Darren Cahill says the restrictions will probably not work for Simona Halep
In his comments, Cahill says, “The restrictions are tough. They’re incredibly difficult, and every player will have their own opinion as to whether that will work for them.
I’m pretty sure that won’t work for Simona. If you’re in a baseball team or a football team … at least you have your team mates to travel with, to socialise with and to eat with and to train with. Tennis is a little bit different because it’s an individual sport.
From Simona’s point of view, you got to fly over from Romania, you need to spend four weeks in this one hotel in New York, and you can only bring one person. Normally you have a physio, a hitting partner, trainer and maybe a coach or two.
You’ve got to basically stay in this bubble with only one person for three or four weeks, and you have to be professional and compete at the highest level. So now there are going to be a lot of players that have an issue with that for sure.
We all want to get back to work so hoping the tennis tour starts out really soon. I know the U.S. Open officials are trying their hardest to make it happen. A lot changes in two or three days, let alone six or seven weeks. So as time goes on, I think a lot of the restrictions will start to come down”.
Simona Halep has been ranked world No. 1 in singles for a total of 64 weeks and was the year-end No. 1 in 2017 and 2018. She has won 20 WTA singles titles and has finished runner-up 17 times in her career. Halep has won two Grand Slam singles titles, at the 2018 French Open and the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.