Danielle Collins says she "appreciates" the anti-doping authorities and what they have been doing for the game following the Simona Halep news. Earlier this week, the ITIA announced that the independent tribunal decided to give Halep a four-year ban after the Romanian committed two anti-doping violations.
Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, has been maintaining her innocence since Day 1. When Maria Sakkari was asked about the Halep case, she expressed certain concerns about the ITIA's handling of potential doping cases. Meanwhile, Collins didn't want to accuse Halep of anything but indicated that she feels the ITIA has been using proper methods to keep tennis a clean sport. "You know, I think it's important that we have.
You know, the anti-doping agency, and the different agencies that come to test us. And, you know, I appreciate everything that they're doing in trying to keep our sport clean. It can be difficult to keep up with our supplements.
But you know, that's the biggest problem we're facing as athletes. You know, I certainly have my opinions on it [doping] and I think part of the thing with maturity comes. With something like you know when you need to vocalize your opinions and when you don't.
And so I'm not gonna vocalize my opinions on this because I don't really feel like right now it's going to serve much of a purpose," Collins said.
Collins has no issues with the ITIA
Halep, a former world No 1, has always enjoyed a very strong reputation among fans and within the locker room.
Because of that, many were shocked when Halep was suspended over a failed doping test. Since last October, Halep has been insisting that she is fully innocent and that she has been unfairly and wrongfully targeted. “One thing I can tell you for sure is the way they’re handling every situation with any player, any athlete, it’s just scary.
We’re gonna get to a point where we’re not even gonna be taking electrolytes. Thankfully, I haven’t been in that position. I never want to be," Sakkari said when asked about the Halep case.
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