Chris Evert defends Simona Halep: "She is innocent"

The former US legend has sided with the Romanian, who is facing the controversial doping issue

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Chris Evert defends Simona Halep: "She is innocent"
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Simona Halep has confided how much she has lost trust in people, after what happened around her controversial doping ban. The Romanian tennis player is defending herself against the harsh accusations made against her by the official bodies.

And not only. Several tennis players, former tennis players, media and insiders have questioned her honesty and her sporting and moral integrity. We at Tennis World USA, unlike many, believe in giving the benefit of the doubt, without judging any party involved, until there is clear light on this controversial situation.

Meanwhile, the former tennis player Chris Evert also intervened in Halep's defense and expressed his closeness to the Romanian via social media. "Simona's appeal is expected in February. For my part, I believe she is innocent.

Yes, she had roxadustat in her system, but she gave her whole life to her coach and her team, who monitored her career, its nutrition and its management. I believe she is innocent," wrote the American legend. The former American champion, winner of 18 Grand Slams, is a point of reference for WTA tennis players and she never shies away from expressing her thoughts and protecting the players.

Simona Halep waits for February 2024 to know her fate

In addition to Evert, many colleagues and former tennis players have publicly supported the winner of 2 Major titles. In 2022 Simona Halep was back competing at quite a high level.

A demonstration of her was the conquest of the ATP Master 1000 in Toronto, which also allowed her to climb into the top-10 again. This result was added to the semi-final of Indian Wells and Wimbledon (even if that edition did not award points due to the Russia-Ukraine war) and had given new life to the Romanian, after a 2021 lacking in tennis satisfactions.

The Romanian tennis player has been away from the courts since the 2022 US Open. The reason is the temporary suspension from sports competitions due to a positive test for doping. The player originally from Constance will be expected before the Court of Arbitration for Sport on February 7th to try to prove her innocence and therefore be able to return to the court after 2 years. The then coach Patrick Mouratoglou will also be heard on the occasion.

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