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Despite Career-Wrecking Long-Term Ban, Simona Halep Refuses to Let Go of Her Love Tennis as She Hints at Stepping on the Court

Published 11/20/2023, 4:01 AM EST

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For Simona Halep, tennis is beyond everything. Even though this year has not been that great for her, she has made her love for tennis quite obvious. The former world number one is currently stuck in a doping controversy; she has received a four-year ban for anti-doping rule violations. But recently, the 32-year-old tennis star shared a little insight on how there was nothing in common between her and tennis.

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Everything began at the US Open of 2022, when the two-time Grand Slam champion refused to take a drug test and then battled certain anomalies in her athlete biological passport. But, despite her opposition to the International Tennis Integrity Agency’s decision, she has not severed her ties to the sport.

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This year, the Romanian tennis player was in the headlines because of her continuous stopping incident and her fight to prove herself innocent. However, after being provisionally suspended in October 2022, this year she received a newly announced suspension that will go until October 6, 2026.

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While she aims to fight against her suspension, she recently took to her Instagram account to share a little glimpse into her life, which includes a part called tennis. She shared a picture from the court in which her racket, tennis bag, and shoes were quite clear. While her fans, who are eagerly waiting to see her back on the tennis court, might feel a little at ease, she has made her intention towards the sport clear.


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Subsequently, with that picture, she also shared a red heart, making her love for tennis obvious to her fans. It was Wilson’s racket that had Halep’s signature on it; it looked amazing under the sun. Since the suspension, she has not been very active on social media. However, now it seems that she has started getting back to her normal routine rather than struggling with the doping controversy.

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Nevertheless, even when she decided to fight back against her suspension, in her statement, she expressed her intentions about being connected to the sport. Let’s take a look at what she had to say about her willingness to stay connected to her athletic passion, keeping tennis lose to her heart.


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Simona Halep’s statement on staying connected to tennis

In a statement to PTI, the former world number one announced the 4-year suspension and said she was ready to pursue all the Regal remedies against the supplement company in question. She also stated, “I am continuing to train and do everything in my power to clear my name of these false allegations and return to the court.”

She also made her point clear that even though she might not be professionally seen playing tennis. That doesn’t mean that she won’t play tennis anymore for 4 years. She grabbed a lot of limelight back in 2019 when she defeated Serena Williams to win the Wimbledon title, but now, for the past few years, things are not working out in her favor.


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However, Simona Halep is battling her way back in an effort to return to the sport as soon as possible. What do you think about Halep’s love for tennis? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Pratishtha Prakash


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Sports have been a part of my life right from my early childhood. I have carried an unquenchable desire to report on the fascinating developments in the off-court lives of the biggest tennis stars. I have written more than 1600 articles and covered a different aspect of the tennis world in almost every article.
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