Simona Halep has been handed a four-year ban for breaching Tennis Anti-Doping Programme rules [TADP].
The Romanian had already been suspended while an investigation was carried out, leading to her automatic withdrawal from the recent US Open, which finished last Sunday.
As a result, she’ll now endure a forced ban after returning two irregular doping tests.
In a statement, the ITIA’s (International Tennis Integrity Agency’s) CEO, Karen Moorhouse, said: “After a complex and rigorous hearing process, we welcome the independent tribunal’s decision.
“The volume of evidence for the tribunal to consider in both the roxadustat and ABP proceedings was substantial.
“The ITIA has followed the proper processes as we would with any other individual – in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code – fulfilling our purpose and responsibility to uphold the principle of fair competition, on behalf of the sport. The panel recognised that appropriate procedure had been followed within the written decision.
“We do understand the significant public interest in these cases and remain committed to being as transparent as possible and the full decision will be published in due course.”
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