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, and the best places that tennis has taken her so far.
Home: Constanta, Romania
“I’m from Constanta, a city bordering the Black Sea and the oldest city in the country. During the summer, it has the best ambiance on its beaches where everyone goes to swim and hang out. While I’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 Râşnov Citadel; and the gorgeous Peleş Castle, built by King Carol I who helped Romania gain its independence from the Ottoman Empire.”
Favorite cities on the WTA circuit: Paris and Singapore
“Paris’s architecture is absolutely gorgeous, and the whole city has such a special atmosphere—even the tourist sites. And Singapore is so green and gardened everywhere, and the people are the most hospitable. I’m always excited when I get to go back.”
Fitness regime: Tennis and relaxation
“Even when I’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.”
Favorite Spa: Shiseido Spa at Stejarii Country Club
“Outside 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. It’s the best place to come and relax.”
Favorite restaurants: Chez Hu Thai, Nobu, and Il Matriciano
“I 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.”
Travel wish-list: Bali, Mexico, Bahamas, and Hawaii
“After my career, I really hope to make it to these places and have a true holiday. What can I say? I love beautiful beaches!”
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