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Romanian Tennis Player Simona Halep Gets Four Year-Suspension

Simona Halep, the former WTA leader, was suspended for four years. The decision came on Tuesday. If maintained, Simona will be able to play in October 2026.

On Tuesday, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced that former Wimbledon and French Open winner Simona Halep was handed a four-year suspension following two anti-doping rule breaches. Halep, 31, was provisionally suspended in October 2022 after testing positive for Roxadustat at the US Open the previous year.

A second doping charge was lodged against her in May because of discrepancies in her athlete’s biological passport. The ITIA stated that this charge was separate from her 2022 provisional suspension. These biological passports serve as a standard record of substances in an athlete’s system and are used as a tool against doping.

It is of the utmost importance for players to be aware of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program rules and to follow them.  The Independent Tribunal has ruled surrounding Simona’s case, and under the TADP, the decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The WTA will support the decisions reached through the process and continue to follow this closely.

WTA on Simona Halep suspension

Halep has expressed her intention to challenge the decision.

I continue training and am committed to removing my name from these allegations. I intend to appeal this decision to The Court of Arbitration for Sport and seek legal action against the supplement company involved.

Simona Halep on the ban decision

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