Coach Patrick Mouratoglou is taking responsibility for Simona Halep's failed doping test as the coach reveals he suggested the Romanian a collagen that happened to be contaminated with a banned substance. In 2022 October, the tennis world was left shocked when the ITIA provisionally suspended Halep over a failed doping test.
In Halep's body, the ITIA found traces of Roxadustat - an anti-anemia drug. From Day 1, Halep has been insisting that she is innocent and that a banned substance found her system made its way only through a contaminated supplement.
The tribunal later accepted Halep's argument that she was a victim of a contaminated supplement but still ended up receiving a four-year doping ban. "I feel confident for the future of Simona Halep with her appeal to the CAS because it is an independent tribunal.
We have been able to establish where the contamination comes from. So we proposed her to take collagen and we brought her collagen from a company. This collagen happened to be contaminated, there was no way to know it. But I feel responsible for what happened because it's my team.
So it's me basically who brought her this collagen. We have done all possible tests to establish that we are talking about a contamination. I'm very confident that this independent tribunal will recognize that she never did doping, she was a victim, and she has to come back to the court and compete as soon as possible," Mouratoglou said in a video posted on his Instagram.
Mouratoglou takes responsibility for Halep's doping ban
Mouratoglou, who famously worked with Serena Williams for a decade, is one of the most respected coaches in tennis. Most recently, Mouratoglou worked with Holger Rune.
Mouratoglou has been around tennis for a long time and he fears for players if they can receive a ban after being a victim of a contaminated supplement. "It opened my eyes on the fact that any athlete can become contaminated tomorrow because apparently this happens more and more.
We're talking about extremely low levels of something. It has zero effect, but you happen to have in your system something that shouldn't be there. Your career is stopped for a period of time that is extremely long. It can affect your whole career, it affects your reputation for a very unfair reason because you have done nothing.
The companies that you decide to go with for supplements, you have to be sure at 100% that this cannot happen," Mouratoglou said.