Halep, zero trust: but if there is a mistake, even in good faith, she must pay

The Romanian will give a long interview to Eurosport in the next few days, in which she will talk about her version of events in the doping issue

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Halep, zero trust: but if there is a mistake, even in good faith, she must pay
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Over a year has passed but it is still not clear whether Simona Halep will be able to return to the WTA Tour. The CAS hearing is scheduled for February 2024. The Euronews channel will broadcast an exclusive interview given by the athlete, who will tell how she is dealing with the thorny affair and, of course, her version of the facts.

"I have dedicated my whole life to tennis, I know I will never be 25 again, so ending my career like this would be catastrophic. At this moment my confidence level has plummeted, I stopped working with Patrick Mourtaoglou and his academy since this thing happened.

We'll see what happens in the future. I hope I can trust someone like before again," she told in teh preview of the interview. The player will only be able to wait anxiously for the case to be discussed in court, hoping to have positive news on the matter.

What this situation makes me think of is a mix of sensations. Simona is vehemently proclaiming her innocence. And that makes me think that you didn't knowingly violate the rules. The fact remains that, whether it was a mistake, a shortcoming or a moment of superficiality, and whether it wasn't up to her, the evidence seems to be certain.

It will most likely be made by an error, perhaps made in good faith. But it always remains a mistake. There is a list of substances that cannot be used. It is clear that whoever supplies supplements or other things to Simona must know what they contain.

She now has zero confidence, and I agree with her words, but if it turns out that she has taken doping substances in an official and certified manner, who should have zero confidence?

The dramatic situation of Simona Halep

The situation linked to Halep's doping ban shows no signs of getting easier.

The Romanian tennis player cannot resume playing in official WTA competitive tournaments due to the positive anti-doping test, which led her to a long trial without at the moment obtaining anything concrete in her favour.

Over a year has passed but it is still not clear whether the 32-year-old will be able to return to the circuit: the CAS hearing is scheduled for February. Meanwhile, the battle on social media for the winner of 2 Grand Slam titles continues.

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