Simona Halep addresses her tennis future amid doping suspension


Simona Halep, 31, has confirmed that her intention is definitely to return to tennis if her doping case gets resolved at a reasonable time. 

Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, has been suspended since she tested positive for anti-anaemia drug Roxadustat in October.

Since Day 1, Halep has been insisting that she is clean and that she will prove she didn’t knowingly take the banned substance. 

After being handed a provisional suspension, Halep continued to practice and train as the Romanian was hoping to return to action in early 2023.

Unfortunately for Halep, that hasn’t happened as she has had several delays in her doping case hearing.

Halep: Yes, I want to play again

“I really want to play again because I love this sport and I want to play for the big titles again. I have worked all my life for this. I kept playing (during the suspension) because I had hope that the case would be solved. I’ve had many delays. It wasn’t easy to stay focused but I did my best and I stayed as focused as possible to work and to practice as much as possible. Until now, tennis has always been my life. I feel that I want to do it again when I come back. I want to be as strong as I was before, even more if it’s possible. I’m working for that and I know I’m going to struggle because it will be almost eight months without playing an official match and all the pressure there was about this case. I strongly believe that if I work hard, I can play at the highest level again,” Halep told Tennis Majors

Also in the interview, Halep claimed she found the evidence which proved she didn’t knowingly take the banned substance. 

Halep just wants a chance to plead her case and return to tennis as soon as possible.

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