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Romania Honors Halep






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 status.

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.

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