Simona Halep has been named an 'ambassador of
Romanian tourism' following her appearance in the French Open final,
which took her to No. 3 in the rankings.
Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta announced
that Halep would receive the honor recognizing her achievement of
becoming the first Romanian to play for the French Open since her
manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the title in 1978.
The government occasionally gives financial
awards for sporting achievement but the size of Halep's French Open
check made it unnecessary, according to the Prime Minister. Halep won
825,000 Euros at the tournament.
"Where it is necessary we add to the prizes, but
in other cases we can do other things," he said.
Halep joins 10 other Romanian national figures,
including fellow tennis player Illie Nastase, as a Romanian ambassador
of tourism this year. Previous recipients have been given diplomat
Ranked outside the top 50 a year ago, Halep is
now the highest-ranked player in WTA history from Romania.
She has also extended her coaching relationship
with Wim Fissette, which previously ran up to this month.