Romanian woman tennis player Simona Halep has defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa, 6-2, 6-1, and won the first point for Romania in the game against Spain, on Saturday, on the “Danube” Skating Ring in Galati, in the first round of the World
President Klaus Iohannis was among the spectators who came to watch the official opening of the tennis game between Romania’s and Spain’s national teams counting for the first round of the World Group II of the Fed cup. Iohannis was welcomed at the entrance into the arena on the Galati Skating Ring by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Gabriela Szabo, and the local authorities, then being taken to his official box close to the playing court.
During the opening gala, Klaus Iohannis joined the national team and the thousands of spectators in singing the national anthem, hand on his heart. The President respected thus a promise he made to Simona Halep a few months ago that he is going to participate in the game counting for the Fed Cup and sing the anthem with her.
After the anthem was sang, Romania’s team, made of Simona Halep (WTA’s No. 3), Irina Begu (WTA’s No. 34), Monica Niculescu (WTA’s 57), Alexandra Dulgheru (WTA’s 95) and the non-playing captain Alina Cercel Tecsor, went to the official box of President Iohannis, who shook hands with them and wished them good luck, reports Agerpres.
“Sport has always been an activity that keeps us healthy, but also competitive. Through my presence today in Fed Cup, I reconfirm my support for Romanian athletes who represent us in international competitions and I assure them of all my admiration. Congratulations Romanian team,” President Iohannis wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday evening.