Simona Halep, Wimbledon Tennis Champion, faces a second doping cost after being on suspension since October

SIMONA HALEP has acquired a further anti-doping cost from drug busters.

The 2019 Wimbledon champion has been provisionally suspended from skilled tennis since October 2022 following a optimistic medication check.

Simona Halep has acquired a further anti-doping costCredit score: The Mega Company

Within the greatest tennis doping controversy because the Maria Sharapova meldonium saga, the Worldwide Tennis Integrity Company (ITIA) found banned substance Roxadustat in a pattern that Halep supplied finally 12 months’s US Open.

The ITIA has tonight introduced that the Romanian has been charged with an extra and separate breach of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.

That is in relation to alleged irregularities in her Athlete Organic Passport, which is used to watch blood parameters over time and determine potential Anti-Doping Rule Violations.

Nicole Sapstead, Senior Director for Anti-Doping on the ITIA, stated: “We perceive that at present’s announcement provides complexity to an already high-profile scenario.

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“From the outset of this course of – and certainly every other on the ITIA – we’ve got remained dedicated to participating with Halep in an empathetic, environment friendly, and well timed method.

“We do, in fact, admire there’s a substantial amount of media curiosity in these instances. It might be inappropriate for us to touch upon specifics till the conclusion of the method.

“However we are going to proceed to have interaction with the Sport Resolutions impartial tribunal and Ms. Halep’s representatives as expeditiously as potential.”

Halep professed her innocence final month, saying: “Knowingly, I’ve not taken any banned substance. I’m a giant supporter of unpolluted sports activities and have at all times been in opposition to doping.”

Chatting with a web site that was co-founded by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Halep stated she was sad to nonetheless be ready for her doping case to be heard.

In a press release, Simona Halep stated: “Since October 7, once I obtained charged by the ITIA for a suspicion of doping, I’ve lived the worst nightmare I’ve ever gone by means of in my life.

“Not solely has my title been dirty within the worst potential means, however I’m dealing with a continuing willpower from the ITIA for a cause that I can not perceive, to show my guilt, whereas I haven’t ever even considered taking any illicit substance.

“I attempted two occasions to have the chance to be judged by an impartial tribunal and the ITIA has always discovered causes to postpone.

“Now that we’ve got clearly established that I’ve been sufferer of a contamination, they got here up with a so-called not regular evolution of my blood.

“Three world famend specialists which have studied my blood assessments have been extraordinarily clear that my blood is completely regular.

“I really feel helpless dealing with such harassment and a motivation on their behalf to show me responsible of one thing I by no means did.

“As soon as once more, all my life I’ve been completely in opposition to any type of dishonest. It doesn’t align with my values.

“The one factor I hope for, at this level, is to have the chance to lastly entry the impartial and neutral judges in a tribunal, that can give me the possibility to show my innocence.

“I’ve full belief in justice and I look ahead to lastly with the ability to current my case at my listening to that’s scheduled on the finish of Might, after a number of delays by the ITIA.”

The 31-year-old is a two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No.1.

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She claimed her maiden main on the 2018 French Open, triumphing over American Sloane Stephens in a dramatic three-sets last.

Halep then gained Wimbledon the next 12 months, demolishing Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court docket.

Halep, 31, won Wimbledon in 2019

Halep, 31, gained Wimbledon in 2019Credit score: Getty