Simona Halep provisionally suspended after testing positive for banned substance
The world No 1, Simona Halep, was provisionally suspended from the tour on Monday, after she tested positive for the banned substance methylhexanamine. The US Tennis Association (USTA), the governing body for women’s tennis, announced the decision of the ban, which will take place without the necessity of any further anti-doping ruling.
“I am absolutely, 100 per cent convinced that I did not use performance-enhancing substances,” Halep said. “I was very worried about testing positive for something I clearly never ingested. My body is strong, I am not one of those people who uses medication or supplements. I am happy that I was able to clear all my doubts.” She added that she believes the result to be in order and a positive result for methylhexanamine is impossible.
“There is no one else I could have used. That is why I am absolutely convinced that I did not use any banned substance. I have been tested three times and in three months I have tested negative.”
“This is certainly a setback for me and my family, but I am completely confident and have no fear or intimidation. I have made a decision that was not made lightly, it is one that I have to accept. I know that is the right decision for me, if I have to deal with that, then I have no choice but to accept it. My priority right now is doing my job on the court.”
In a statement, USTA said: “The testing laboratory determined that the banned substance, methylhexanamine, was detected in the sample that was submitted to them. The WADA-accredited lab, which conducted the analysis, is in the process of determining the extent to which the sample was contaminated. The WADA laboratory, in consultation with USTA and with the USTA and the player’s personal health care professional as appropriate,