Doping teat fails on Simona Halep!

The International Tennis Integrity Agency has temporarily suspended world no. 9 and two-time Major winner Simona Halep. During the US Open, the 31-year-old supplied a sample, and Roxadustat, a forbidden substance, was present in it.

Simona suffered a minor surgery and missed the remainder of the season after losing to Daria Snigur in New York’s opening round. The Romanian has proclaimed her innocence, and the start of her judicial battle is imminent. Simona has a prior history of ailments that caused her to fall from grace and make huge gains in 2022.

The Romanian, who reached the Wimbledon semifinals, is unsure of when she will play again due to startling news. Total report from ITAI: Simona Halep, a 31-year-old Romanian tennis player, has been provisionally suspended in accordance with Article 7.12.1 of the 2022 Tennis Anti-Doping Program, according to the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) (TADP).

On October 7, 2022, the ITIA notified the player of a potential charge for violating Articles 2.1 and/or 2.2 of the Program (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample) (Use of a Prohibited Substance without a valid TUE).

At the US Open, Simona Halep failed a drug test.

In August 2022, Halep, who is ranked 9 in the WTA rankings, presented a sample while competing at the US Open. Following the separation of the sample into A and B samples, examination revealed that the A sample contained FG-4592 (Roxadustat), a drug that is forbidden and is placed on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List for 2022.

A mandatory provisional suspension is applied when adverse analytical findings for compounds that are not mentioned. The player made use of their right to ask that the B sample be examined, and the results of the analysis supported the A sample’s findings. The player is ineligible to participate in or watch any sanctioned tennis events run by the sport’s governing organizations while they are provisionally suspended.

The International Tennis Federation, the world’s governing body of tennis and a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code, has designated the ITIA as a third party under the Code. In accordance with the 2022 TADP, the ITIA is in charge of managing and administering anti-doping throughout professional tennis.