Halep herself knows how it feels to be embraced by the country, having twice packed out the Bucharest National Stadium with 20,000 fans who watched her bring home her Roland Garros trophy in 2018 and her Wimbledon trophy in 2019.
The current world No 18 also backed Raducanu to become “one of the best”, tipping her to make a debut in the world’s top 10 very soon.
“She has already won a Grand Slam title and I think she is able to achieve everything. She now has the experience of winning the biggest tournament in tennis,” Halep said.
“I think she can easily get into the top 10 sooner than everybody thinks because already she is close to that. Yeah, she has a bright future and for sure, she will be one of the best players in the world.”
The former world No 1 also had a word of warning for those piling the pressure on the Bromley teenager, adding: “Even if she is so young I think she feels the pressure, it’s normal, everybody does. You guys should enjoy her tennis results.”