Simona Halep, former world number 1, tested positive for doping at the last US Open

The Romanian tennis player was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency and made her discharge on social media.

The news caused a stir in the world of tennis. Former World No. 1 and winner of two Grand Slam tournaments Simona Halep tested positive for doping a substance called Roxadustat.

This was confirmed by the ITIA (International Tennis Integrity Agencyfor its acronym in English), after the tests that were carried out in the last US Open. The Romanian tennis player lost in the first round in New York, she had been a semifinalist at Wimbledon and was in ninth place in the ranking. It was provisionally suspended.

Immediately after the ITF makes the official announcement, the protagonist herself published a letter on her social networks in which he speaks of the “most difficult game of my life” and “such an unfair situation”, although he assures that he has faith that “sooner or later the truth will come out”.

Halep’s release

Today begins the most difficult match of my life: a fight for the truth. I was notified that I tested positive for a substance called Roxadustat in an extremely low amount, which came as the biggest shock of my life.

Throughout my entire career, the idea of ​​cheating never even crossed my mind once, as it totally goes against all the values ​​I was brought up with. Faced with such an unfair situation, I feel completely confused and betrayed.

I will fight to the end to prove that I did not knowingly take any prohibited substance and I have faith that sooner or later the truth will come out.

It’s not about titles or money. It is about the honor and love affair that I have developed with the game of tennis over the last 25 years.


Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinals and fell to Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Matthew Childs.

After long years competing at the highest level, which included five Grand Slam finals, one WTA Finals and more than seven years as Top Ten, Simona Halep had suffered a severe downturn and came to think about taking time off the circuit to recharge your energies.

However, the arrival of Patrick Mouratoglou, former coach of Serena Williams and other important figures of women’s and men’s tennis, helped her rediscover herself.

“I had moments of anxiety and I thought it was good to stop because, to continue like this, it was not emotionally healthy. Then, I was lucky to discover Patrick’s academy, which made me regain my passion for tennis.”commented, via Instagram, last September.

And, little by little, the successes were arriving. Two titles, a Grand Slam semifinal two and a half years after the last one and a return to the Top Ten. She was once again a player to fear on the WTA circuit.

Halep won two titles in the year: Melbourne I and the WTA 1000 in Toronto.  Photo: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports.
Halep won two titles in the year: Melbourne I and the WTA 1000 in Toronto. Photo: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports.

But there was a problem that was still there and it was physical. After falling in the first round of the US Open, he announced that he was going to have an operation on his nose due to respiratory problems, something that had been postponed for several months, and Thus ended its 2022 season.

“When I lost I realized that I am completely exhausted mentally. I have had respiratory problems for many years and they worsened over time, that’s why I decided to follow the advice of my doctors and have surgery,” explained the Romanian.

At the same time, Mouratoglou began to train the Danish promise of Holger Rune, which gave rise to suspicions about a break in the relationship with Halep.

Finally, this Friday the shocking news of the positive doping was known. A new blow to his career. She was provisionally suspended and, at 31 years old, she will have to start over.

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