Simona Halep's coach says he'll 'fight' to prove tennis star's innocence after positive drug test


Simona Halep, the No. 9 ranked gamer in the WTA rankings, is presently serving a provisionary suspension after checking favorable for Roxadustat at the United States Open. Halep’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, has actually now sworn to assist show her innocence.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) revealed Halep’s suspension previously in October after both samples she supplied at the United States Open returned favorable for Roxadustat, which is a restricted compound. That result needed a provisionary suspension, however Halep rejected any misbehavior.

In a declaration published to social networks, Mouratoglou called Halep a “model of integrity.” He likewise kept in mind that he has “never faced a situation like this” in his 3 years of working together with expert athletes.

“Knowing Simona well, I can assure that she is a model of integrity,” Mouratoglou composed. “She is totally against any form of doping, and I know it has never crossed her mind to take any forbidden substance. I trust her 100%. Together, we will fight to prove the truth.”

Immediately following the suspension, Halep launched a declaration of her own in which she rejected purposefully taking any forbidden compound. She stated she would work relentlessly to show that she is innocent.

“I will fight until the end to prove that I never knowingly took any prohibited substance, and I have faith that sooner or later, the truth will come out,” Halep stated in her declaration. “It’s not about the titles or the money. It’s about honor, and the love story I have developed with the game of tennis over the last 25 years.”

Halep, 31, is a previous world No. 1 who has actually won the French Open and Wimbledon. In 2022, Halep has actually won 2 songs titles, consisting of the National Bank Open in Canada in August.

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