Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has been suspended from professional tennis for four years for a doping violation. The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) gave this information on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Romanian women’s tennis player has been charged with two doping violations, including failing a dope test during the 2022 US Open and irregularities in the athlete’s biological passport.
A panel concluded that Halep knowingly violated anti-doping rules. Halep has been provisionally suspended from October 2022. His four-year ban will last till October 6, 2026. Halep became the world number one women’s player in the WTA rankings in 2017.
She won the Wimbledon title in 2019, defeating Serena Williams in the final, while the year before that she also became the French Open champion. Halep, who blamed tainted supplements for her doping violation, plans to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“I have continued to train and will do everything possible to clear my name of these false allegations and return to the court,” Halep said in a statement. She also said that she would also seek legal help against the supplement company in question.