Patrick Mouratoglou comments on Simona Halep's sentence: "The truth prevailed"

The former coach of the Romanian player expressed on the sentence of the CAS

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Patrick Mouratoglou comments on Simona Halep's sentence: "The truth prevailed"
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"In the midst of this challenging journey, my unwavering faith in the integrity of truth and the principles of justice has been my beacon. Despite daunting accusations and formidable opposition, my spirit has remained optimistic, anchored in my unshakeable belief of be a clean athlete.

This ordeal has been a testament to resilience, and the triumph of truth is a bittersweet vindication that, though delayed, is immensely rewarding. Looking ahead, I look forward to turning this page and joining the tour with renewed vigor and reinvigorated spirit."

With these words, Simona Halep commented on Instagram on the CAS ruling, which reduced her disqualification from 4 years to 9 months. Since she has been out of action since September 2022, the CAS ruling takes effect immediately, therefore Simona will be able to return to the court immediately.

"The CAS panel has unanimously determined that the four-year period of disqualification imposed by the independent ITF tribunal shall be reduced to a period of disqualification of nine (9) months starting from 7 October 2022, which period expired on 6 July 2023."

This is the fundamental passage to be identified in the statement released by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the Simona Halep case.

The Romanian tennis player has waged a tough battle since the day she was given a four-year ban because she tested positive for one of the substances prohibited by the regulation: Roxadustat. The CAS approved her appeal, accepting the theory that it was an unintentional contamination.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency commented on the CAS decision as follows:

"An essential element of the anti-doping system concerns a player's ability to appeal, and the ITIA respects both their right to do so and the outcome. We await the full reasoned decision, which we will review fully in due course."

"My faith in the system has been tested by the scandalous allegations that have been made against me and the seemingly limitless resources that have been marshalled against me. I can't wait to get back out on the Tour," commented Halep in the words reported by Russell Fuller, a well-known BBC journalist.

The former coach of the Romanian (and Serena Williams) Patrick Mouratoglou, who a few months ago had taken responsibility for what happened to Simona Halep, commented on his former player's Instagram post, writing: "The truth has prevailed."

Many have accused Mouratoglou of having interrupted Halep's career or, as in the case of Kim Clijsters, of having manipulated the Romanian tennis player.

Clijsters explained in Andy Roddick's podcast: "For me the biggest red flag is the team. I can't believe there are no consequences for the team, only for the athlete. It was his team who proposed taking that supplement, taking it without any hesitation. You should trust your team, you should trust the people around you. You think they're going to do the right thing, that they're doing the right thing.

and this is what ends up happening to them. For me it's a case of manipulation. A situation, especially in the case of a woman, in which coaches take responsibility. it's manipulation, I can't find another word for it, for them to take control of everything that happens around an athlete."

Simona Halep and Patrick Mourtaoglou
Simona Halep and Patrick Mourtaoglou© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Sport

Becker, Navratilova, Evert on Halep, while fans rip Serena Williams

Following the first disqualification, Serena Williams shared a controversial post in which she wrote: "8 is a better number." Many thought that that post was a dig at Simona, who had prevented the legendary American from winning her 8th Wimbledon title.

After the CAS ruling, fans went wild against Serena, writing very harsh comments. below several of the most explicit:

Instead, comments of joy arrived from many other former tennis legends such as her former coach Darren Cahill Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Boris Becker, who wrote posts of encouragement and praise towards Simona, who will soon return to playing tennis.

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