WTA: Former world No. 1 Simona Halep provisionally suspended for doping

It is a sacred bomb that will shake the world of the little yellow ball. Former world number 1, currently 9th in the WTA, Simona Halep has been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) for using doping products. The Romanian tested positive for Roxadusat, a drug that stimulates the production of red blood cells and generally used in the treatment of kidney problems, during the last US Open, at the end of August.

Following her positive test, the two-time Grand Slam winner received a recall for violation of the World Anti-Doping Code on October 7. After the appeal of this decision by the winner of Roland-Garros 2018, the B sample confirmed the data of the first analysis.

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A few minutes after the announcement, the 31-year-old player published a statement on her social networks where she takes note of the decision of the Tennis Integrity Agency. “Throughout my career, the idea of ​​cheating has never crossed my mind, not once. It’s totally against the values ​​I was taught.”

But the Romanian intends to continue to defend herself. “Facing such an unfair situation, I feel completely confused and betrayed. I will fight until the end to prove that I never took a substance knowing that it was prohibited. I trust that sooner or later the truth will come out (…) It’s a matter of honor and also of love for the game, for the tennis I’ve been wearing for 25 years.”

While the length of his suspension is not yet known, Halep is likely to appeal the decision. In 2022, the native of Constanta, trained by Patrick Mouratoglou, notably won the WTA 1000 in Toronto and the WTA 250 Melbourne. A few weeks ago, she announced an end to her season due to nose surgery.

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