The two Grand Slam champion talked about issues affecting tennis in her country.

Simona Halep is frustrated that her government is not doing much to further the development of tennis in the country. Halep has singled out inadequate infrastructure and funding as the main problems affecting Romanian tennis.

The current world no 2 joined other top sports stars in the country to talk about about the state of investment in sport on Wednesday. And Halep is concerned the country’s young talents will not develop if the situation persists.

“I didn’t come here for me, but for the new generation,” the Romania Journal quoted Halep as saying.

“The new generation badly needs infrastructure, which is missing in our country. We badly need a sports hall to host all Fed Cup matches. There are many children who need financial support, especially when it comes to tennis, which is an expensive sport. I really launch a call for this cause, for infrastructure in tennis. Romanian tennis had many great results. It’s a real pity for our Romanian talent to not do anything, to not progress,” she added.

Halep is a true superstar in tennis as she has won 19 WTA titles. She has also made more than $35 million in prize money. And she finds it very frustrating that her Romanian Tennis Federation isn’t funded by the government despite her achievements.

“It is frustrating that the Romanian Tennis Federation does not exist very much, as far as I understand, and I am quite documented on this subject.

“It is frustrating for us. And frustrating for me having so many results, being the number one worldwide, that our federation is not funded by the Government.”

Halep will return to action next week at the Dubai Tennis Championships

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Author: Waheed Niniola