Want your kid to become a tennis player? Prepare to spend big.
If it wasn’t for a Romanian shipping tycoon, Simona Halep may never have become one of the world’s best tennis players.
Growing up in the Black Sea town of Constanta, Halep was in need of international competition to advance her tennis career.
Corneliu Idu came to the 14-year-old’s rescue — and she has gone on to reach the 2014 French Open final, and climb as high as No. 2 in the rankings.
“It was incredibly expensive, I only had my parents as support and no sponsors,” Halep said in an interview at this month’s Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in central China.