Simona Halep provisionally suspended after testing positive for banned substance
Halep was provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance in the U.S.
Boris Becker hit the ground running at Wimbledon this year, quickly becoming the No. 6 seed and winning the tournament’s women’s singles title. And before the year ended, he made it into the U.S. Open semifinals.
That’s a pretty remarkable achievement.
Now, Halep is getting the same amount of attention she did last year.
She was banned from U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) competition because of her positive test for a banned substance in the Czech Republic, and she was provisionally suspended last week after she tested positive for the same ban substance in the U.S.
Although Halep is entitled to a full hearing once she returns to competition, it is not known yet at this point if she will be allowed to compete.
Halep was provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned substance in the U.S.
According to Tennis.com, she also received a second warning after testing positive for the substance in the Czech Republic.
A positive test for a banned substance means you received a one on one notice from the U.S. Tennis Association that you are now out of eligibility – and it means you no longer compete in the U.S. or U.S. Open qualifiers.
But that’s not the end of the story. Because the USTA has a “precautionary suspension” option in the program that means Halep retains eligibility during her suspension.
According to the USTA, “The USTA suspends a player from competition based on the results of a positive drug test taken after the completion of the athlete’s qualifying period for the U.S. Open or U.S. National Tennis Championships. The USTA suspends a player from participation in any U.S. tennis event that involves a USGA-certified tennis event or the USTA-certified tournament on USTA criteria.”
According to CBSSports.com, Halep’s suspension includes a stipulation that her next U.S. Open tournament will be the main draw