Boris Becker wished Simona Halep "good luck" in her continuing battle to clear her name after being handed a doping ban. On Friday, the ITIA stunned the tennis world again when they announced that Halep was hit with a second anti-doping charge over "irregularities" in her athlete biological passport.
Halep shared a lengthy statement after the ITIA's announcement, accusing the agency of "harassing" her and simply being on a mission to prove that she is guilty over something she would have never committed. Halep has been suspended since October and Becker shared some words of encouragement to the Romanian.
Becker shared Halep's statement on his Instagram Story and captioned it: "Good luck Simona."
Becker responds to Halep's statement
In an emotional statement, Halep said she has been "living my worst nightmare" over the past couple of months.
Also, Halep keeps on insisting that she is fully innocent. "Since October 7, when I got charged by the ITIA for a suspicion of doping, I have lived the worst nightmare I have ever gone through in my life. Not only has my name been soiled in the worst possible way, but I am facing a constant determination from the ITIA for a reason that I cannot understand, to prove my guilt while I haven't EVER even thought of taking any illicit substance.
I tried two times to have the opportunity to be judged by an Independent Tribunal and the ITIA has constantly found reasons to postpone. Now that we have clearly established that I have been victim of a contamination, they came up with a so-called not normal evolution of my blood.
Three world renowned experts that have studied my blood tests have been extremely clear that my blood is totally normal. feel helpless facing such harassment and a motivation on their behalf to prove me guilty of something I never did.
Once again, all my life I have been totally against any sort of cheating. It doesn't align with my values. The only thing I hope for, at this point, is to have the possibility to finally access the independent and impartial judges in a Tribunal, that will give me the chance to prove my innocence.
I have full trust in justice and I look forward to finally being able to present my case at my hearing that is scheduled at the end of May, after several delays by the ITIA. The support of my loved ones, the tennis world and my fans have given me the courage to continue to practice every day and fight for the truth. I cannot thank you more for that," Halep said in a statement.
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