Tennis Business: Simona Halep signs up for Prague event, adding to US Open doubts

World number two Simona Halep said on Wednesday she will play the WTA Prague clay-court tournament in August, adding further doubt to her participation in the US Open.

“Hi everyone. I can’t wait to take part in the tournament in the magnificent city of Prague. See you in August,” the reigning Wimbledon champion said in a video message posted by the event organisers.

The Prague tournament runs from August 10-16. Halep will also play at the Palermo clay court event from August 3 in what will be the first WTA competition since professional tennis was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus.

Halep has already hinted she will focus only on European events this year, wary of the health crisis in the United States which has left a question mark over the US Open in New York from August 31.