In the past five years, Romanian tennis player Simona Halep’s career has taken off, recently peaking when she reached WTA’s number-two ranking for singles players, not to mention her consistent success as one of the most popular women’s tennis players among fans. Here, the young star shares a bit about her home, lifestyle, andÂ the bestÂ places that tennis has taken her so far.
Home: Constanta, Romania
â€śIâ€™m from Constanta, a city borderingÂ the Black Sea and the oldest city in the country. During the summer, it has the best ambiance on its beachesÂ where everyone goes to swim and hang out.Â While Iâ€™m not a huge hiker, I do also like going to the Carpathian Mountains, which are a few hours inland from Constanta by car. There are some beautiful, historic places to visit there, like Bran Castle, believed to be the home of Dracula; the medieval hilltop RĂ˘Ĺźnov Citadel; and the gorgeous PeleĹź Castle, built by King Carol I who helped Romania gain its independence from the Ottoman Empire.â€ť
Favorite cities on the WTA circuit: Paris and Singapore
â€śParisâ€™s architecture is absolutely gorgeous, and the whole city has such a special atmosphereâ€”even the tourist sites. And Singapore is so green and gardened everywhere, and the people are the most hospitable. Iâ€™m always excited when I get to go back.â€ť
Fitness regime: Tennis and relaxation
â€śEven when Iâ€™m traveling, I play tennis for about three hours a day, followed by one or two hours of physical conditioning, recovery, and rehabilitation, including stretching, massages, core training, relaxing in a jacuzzi, and going to the spa. After a long trip though, the best thing I can do for my body is get lots of sleep.â€ť
Favorite Spa: Shiseido Spa at Stejarii Country Club
â€śOutside of Bucharest, Stejarii is an amazing escape, a huge fitness and sports club with all kinds of fields, courts, and wellness centers surrounded by the thick woods of the Baneasa Forest. Shiseido has a spa here, with a pool, hammam, even a green tea bar. Itâ€™s the best place to come and relax.â€ť
Favorite restaurants: Chez Hu Thai, Nobu, and Il Matriciano
â€śI try to steer clear of spicy foods, but I do really love Asian cuisine. In Paris, Chez Hu Thai is a cozy spot tucked away in the 8th arrondissement that serves great Thai food and is decorated with lots of flowers, and of course Nobu in London is the best for sushi. Il Matriciano in Rome, located near the Vatican, is my favorite place for Italian food.â€ť
Travel wish-list: Bali, Mexico, Bahamas, and Hawaii
â€śAfter my career, I really hope to make it to these places and have a true holiday. What can I say? I love beautiful beaches!â€ť
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