Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has undergone nose surgery to improve her breathing and will not play again until 2023.
In a post on Twitter on Thursday, the world number nine said she felt “completely exhausted” after her first-round loss to qualifier Daria Snigur at the U.S. Open last month.
She then decided to follow medical advice and have an operation to help her breathing issues that have affected her “for many years” and were getting worse.
Halep posted a picture in her tweet, showing her nose bandaged.
The Romanian revealed she was close to ending her tennis career in February because she didn’t believe she could get back into the top 10, but rediscovered her passion for the sport after choosing to work with a new coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.