The battle of Simona Halep continues unabated. It all started after the US Open. The Grand Slam champion and former world number one tested positive for Roxadustat, a banned substance for athletes, and the ITIA reacted by suspending the tennis player from the circuit at the end of last year.
The tennis player from Costanza had responded to these accusations with a statement, while her competitive activity was interrupted: "Today the hardest match of my life begins: the battle for the truth. It's the biggest shock of my life.
Throughout my career, the idea of cheating has never once crossed my mind, because it totally goes against all the values I was brought up with. Faced with such an unfair situation, I feel completely confused and betrayed.
I will fight to the end to prove that I have never knowingly taken any prohibited substance and I have hope that sooner or later the truth will come out." This, however, was only the beginning. The International Tennis Integrity Agency confirms that Simona Halep has been accused of another violation, relating to some irregularities found in the Romanian athlete's biological passport (ABP).
Simona Halep's first reaction was to defend herself against these new allegations, but now she has gone on the attack. In particular, the accusation by the Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion against the ITIA is that of delaying the hearing.
The outburst on social media
"Once again I am extremely shocked and disappointed by ITIA's attitude. While ITIA, through its representative, Nicole Sapstead, publicly stated 3 days ago that "ITIA committed to engaging Ms.
Halep in an empathetic, efficient and timely manner," at the same time, they officially asked the Court to delay my hearing for the third time. ITIA publicly declares one thing while privately it does another. I have repeatedly requested my hearing and the ITIA has repeatedly tried to delay it.
When will it stop? I repeat the question. I'm entitled to a speedy hearing. Acting in this way is contrary to my right," reads the press release issued by the Romanian tennis player through her social channels.