Simona Halep ha avuto un 2022 tumultuoso, sia professionalmente che personalmente. La tennista professionista si è licenziata con suo marito, il miliardario Toni Iuruc, a settembre dopo essere stata sposata per meno di un anno. Dopo l’annuncio del divorzio, un tabloid nel paese natale di Halep, la Romania, ha ipotizzato che il rapporto della vincitrice dell’Open di Francia 2018 con il suo allenatore Patrick Mouratoglou fosse da biasimare per aver causato una spaccatura nel suo matrimonio, secondo Tennis World.

By September — around the time of her divorce — the Romanian announced that she was shutting down for the year after undergoing elective nose surgery. "I was going through so many anxious moments and I thought it is time to stop cause it is emotionally unhealthy," she wrote in a Twitter post at the time. The next month Halep failed a drug test, and faced being away from the game for much longer than anticipated.

Simona Halep denies taking drugs

On October 21, the International Tennis Integrity Agency announced that Simona Halep had tested positive for Roxadustat and was immediately placed under provisional suspension, per ESPN. The sample was taken during her appearance in the U.S. Open, and Halep could face up to a four year ban from the sport. Players can reduce the ban, usually by a year, if they confess to doping, but Halep revealed she planned to dispute the findings.

After the news of the positive drug test was released, Halep took to social media to release a statement claiming the charges of doping were erroneous. "Today begins the hardest match of my life: a fight for the truth," she wrote in an Instagram statement. The 2019 Wimbledon champ vehemently denied using performance enhancing drugs to gain an edge. "I will fight until the end to prove that I never knowingly took any prohibited substance and I have faith that sooner or later, the truth will come out," Halep added. Both fans and fellow players were quick to come to her defense. "With you all the way Simona it's [heart emoji] unfair but you will win this fight," tennis pro Alizé Cornet replied in the comment section.

In 2017, Halep was critical of when Maria Sharapova was given a wild card entry into tennis tournaments after being banned from the sport for 15 months following a positive drug test. Per Fox Sports, Halep said, "It's not OK to help with a wild card the player that was banned for doping."

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