Simona Halep returned to Romania to a hero’s welcome and a big reception at the Arena Națională in Bucharest Wednesday.
Imagine thousands of your countrymen and women chanting your name – just for winning a tennis tournament. It has to be truly heady stuff.
And it speaks to what her accomplishments mean to the people of a country with a population around 20 million.
Two of the foremost names in Romanian tennis – Ilie Nastase and billionaire Ion Tiriac, without whose financial support Halep might not even have had a career, were there to greet her at the airport.