World No. 1, Romanian Simona Halep said Monday afternoon at her return from Paris that the trophy awarded to her for winning the Roland Garros French Open is hers, but at the same time Romania’s.
“The trophy will sit on the table so I can see it all the time. It’s mine, but also Romania’s. This is where I grew up, this is where I trained steadily and this where I shot to Roland Garros champion,” the Romanian tennis ace said on the ‘Henri Coanda’ Airport of Bucharest.
“Darren [Cahill] told me before the final to go for the win. It’s the most beautiful moment in my life,” Halep added.
She mentioned that the best moment on Saturday was when Romania’s national anthem was played in the Roland Garros main court and the spectators sang along.
After her maiden Grand Slam victory Halep sets her sights on other Grand Slam titles, but she will first take a break for a few days, before getting back to her training program.
Simona Halep, WTA’s 1st, was welcomed on Monday afternoon, at the Official Salon of the “Henri Coanda” International Airport by Youth and Sports Minister Ioana Bran, head of the Romanian Olympic Sports Committee Mihai Covaliu, president of the FRT George Cosac, friends, relatives and other officials upon her return from Paris, where she won on Saturday the Roland Garros tournament, the first Grand Slam title of her career, after defeating US Sloane Stephens, with a score of 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
World No. 1 presents Roland Garros trophy on National Arena in front of 20,000 people
Halep, presented the trophy that she won at the Roland Garros tournament, the second Grand Slam of the year, within a ceremony organised on the National Arena in Bucharest that was attended by approximately 20,000 of Bucharest residents.
The supporters of the Romanian tennis player started to arrive at the National Arena long before the commencement of the festivity that was organized by the Bucharest City Hall through the “Sport for All” Company, in partnership with the Romanian Tennis Federation (FRT). They have given a warm welcome to the winner of the Roland Garros tournament, waving tricolor flags and chanting “Simona, Simona.”
The event started with the national anthem that was performed by artists Monica Anghel and Marcel Pavel, moment in which, on the giant screen behind the scene, pictures with the Roland Garros final, which Simona Halep won on Saturday by defeating US player Sloane Stephens, were screened.
The ceremony was attended by General Mayor of Bucharest Gabriela Firea, President of the FRT George Cosac, former tennis player Ilie Nastase and the tennis player’s father Stere Halep.