Novak Djokovic's PTPA supports Simona Halep's battle

Novak Djokovic's PTPA released an update in a post X, commenting on the doping ban sentence that hit the Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, which came after a year

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Novak Djokovic's PTPA supports Simona Halep's battle
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Novak Djokovic's PTPA released an update in a post X, commenting on the doping ban sentence that hit the Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, which came after a year. The Professional Tennis Players Association made it clear in the statement that it will support Simona Halep in her future actions.

We can read: "As the Professional Tennis Players Association, we staunchly support and protect players' rights in all instances. That includes exercising their due process and appellate rights in arti-doping cases. Thew repeated and unexplained delays in Simona Halep's case are both unfair and unacceptable.

The PTPA is fully committed to supporting her in any future appeals, as well as any players who require assistance. As indicated in our PTPA Principles, we will also continue advocating for improved processes moving forward, for the benefit of all."

Simona Halep's ban

The International Tennis Integrity Agency, through an official statement, announced that Simona Halep will have to serve a four-year disqualification.

The facts date back to last season, when the Romanian tested positive for one of the substances prohibited by the regulations after the US Open: Roxadustat. The independent tribunal established by Sport Resolutions, despite having supported Halep's thesis that it was a contaminated supplement, established that the quantity of substance ingested could not have determined the concentration of Roxadustat found in the positive sample.

Halep published a long post on her Twitter account and reiterated that her battle continues. The Romanian said in a statement: "Today, a Tennis Anti-Doping Program tribunal announced the provisional decision taken towards my case.

Last year I played the hardest game of my life and unfortunately my struggle continues. I have dedicated my life to tennis. I take the rules that govern our sport very seriously and am proud of the fact that I have never knowingly or intentionally used any prohibited substances.

I refuse to accept their decision regarding the four-year ban. In a 126-page report, the court found that I am guilty of both charges brought by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA): a urine test that came back positive during a tournament for a banned substance and a violation of my biological passport.

I, along with my representatives, have presented compelling evidence to the ITIA and the court in support of my defense, including multiple legitimate questions regarding the conclusions reached regarding my biological passport (ABP) test."

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