Simona Halep finally gets a CAS hearing after months of emotional turmoil in an attempt to fight her doping suspension

The Romanian tennis player finally attends a court hearing to fight against recent doping allegations.


Simona Halep finally gets a CAS hearing after months of emotional turmoil in an attempt to fight her doping suspension

Simona Halep (Credits: Twitter)

After months of inactivity, tennis star and former world no. 1 Simona Halep finally attended a court hearing in London. The Romanian has been facing doping allegations and has been inactive on tour since her US Open first-round exit in 2022.

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She will try to fight for her innocence in the court hearings after testing positive for the substance ‘Roxadustat’ in November 2022 during the US Open. Another allegation was imposed on her in May 2023 by the ITIA (International Tennis Integrity Agency), which claims to have discovered ‘irregularities’ in Simona Halep’s biological passport.

Digi Sports commentator Dragos Suciu spoke of the recently concluded hearing in England. “She was heard today, but she will be heard tomorrow as well. In about two weeks we should have a first verdict. The moment that was delayed has happened.”

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Simona Halep’s sentence could be halved if appealed successfully

Simona Halep
Simona Halep (Credits: Sky Sports)

Dragos mentioned that Halep will likely receive a two-year suspension from the tour following the allegations. He also mentioned that the Romanian will most likely appeal for a reduction in the sentence before the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“We will see what the decisions will be. Generally, two-year suspensions are given here, then the decisions are appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. They are generally halved there,” he said.

Tennis legend Illie Nastase made serious accusations against the WTA and their anti–doping actions. He claims that there have been such cases in the past, but they have been covered up to protect the financial interests of the WTA.

“I know some tennis players from other countries who were caught (in doping cases) and absolutely nothing was done. It was said at the management level that if these names are given, the sponsors will leave and there will be no more WTA tournaments. That was the answer,” Nastase said in an interview with Digi Sport.

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Nonetheless, Nastase believes that Halep’s career is far from over despite the allegations. He has confidence in her ability to reach the sport’s top once again.

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