The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) says no decisions have been made on Simona Halep amid viral reports that the Romanian is set to play at the US Open. In late June, Halep had a hearing in her anti-doping case.
This week, Halep - who has been suspended since October - appeared on the US Open entry list. Also this week, Halep posted a gym workout video. Those two things led to some speculating that Halep might have been cleared of any wrongdoing and allowed to return to action.
"Good morning. I promise you that no decision has been made available to anyone yet. In the US Open player field, it is clearly marked as provisionally suspended, and therefore, if she remains suspended, she will be withdrawn.
If not, she can compete," the ITIA said in a statement to Antena 3 CNN.
Halep has maintained her innocence since Day 1
When the ITIA announced Halep was being provisionally suspended in October after testing positive for anti-anaemia drug Roxadustat, minutes later the Romanian also released a statement, in which she described the news as "the biggest shock of my life." In May, the ITIA announced a second anti-doping charge for Halep over "irregularities" in her biological passport.
Halep released another statement, saying her right were being denied and she also said her mental health was impacted by everything that was going on. "Not only they are killing my reputation, but also me as a professional player, and I don't even talk about the consequences on my mental health.
This disrespect of the rules by the ITF (ITIA) regarding the fast hearing I am entitled to have, is so disrespectful to me that I have no more words," Halep said in May. It remains to be seen what will be the official decision on Halep's hearing in the anti-doping case.
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