Simona Halep Suspended for a Positive Doping Test in French Open
Tennis legend and two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova on Monday was forced to withdraw from the women’s final of the French Open after she tested positive for banned substance meldonium.
Sharapova, who was attempting to win her fourth French Open title and first since winning the 2009 title, said that she has been advised by her family doctor to withdraw from the French Open.
She said Sunday night that she was withdrawing from the tournament due to the positive drug test.
“I would like to apologize to my fans for my behavior and I will address my fans with respect and gratitude,” she said. “But the fact that my family doctor told me that I have to withdraw from the French Open is unacceptable.
“I have done nothing wrong. I have committed to compete at the French Open without doping. I am not doing anything out of selfishness or to hurt myself or my team.”
Halep, who is seeking to win her second Grand Slam this year, had won the French Open title in 2006 over Serena Williams, and is attempting to defend her title this year.
In a statement, the French Open said that Sharapova was being suspended and not banned.
“As a result, it has been decided that the Court of Arbitration for Sport will not take further action against the player,” the statement read.
Halep was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation after failing a drug test at the Australian Open in January, and she appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on that ruling. Halep had been suspended three months earlier for another positive test.
Halep was scheduled to play her first-round match against Russian compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova at the French Open, but withdrew after testing positive for the banned substance. She is scheduled to