Simona Halep has admitted it will be difficult return to competitive tennis after the COVID-19 lockdown.

With no firm plan in place for a return to tournament tennis, Halep told Agerpres she was worried about the challenges all players face.

“My longest break before the lockdown has been of 3-4 weeks and [returning to competitions] was very difficult for me,” Halep said.

“You lose pace, you lose focus, and then physically, if you idle about for a whole week you’ve lost half a year.

Halep said she was unsure what others players have been doing but for her she knows it will be difficult.

Simona Halep kisses the Venus Rosewater Dish after she wins the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

“You can train five hours a day for a whole year, if you are not on an official game, you’re not in the game at all. There’s a big difference,” she said.

“I have earned a lot from the isolation. I realised that in the last six years I’ve been actually on a total lockdown.

“It occurred to me that I have to change something in my life, in order to also develop on the emotional and personal side.

“But now, for me to have a happy life without tennis, I am slowly trying to experience new feelings, see something else.”