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Simona Halep suspended from second WTA tournament until May 1 after testing positive for banned substance modafinil

Simona Halep suspended from second WTA tournament until May 1 after testing positive for banned substance modafinil

Simona Halep provisionally suspended after testing positive for banned substance

Simona Halep is suspended from her second WTA tournament until May 1 after testing positive for the banned substance modafinil. The news was confirmed by the Italian tennis federation, and Halep’s tournament has been cancelled.

The news was confirmed by the International Tennis Federation, and will have serious implications for the rest of the year’s tournament schedule.

The WTA’s governing body has stated that Halep is no longer allowed to play, and is immediately banned from having any direct or indirect contact with any player or the grounds staff.

World No. 2 Halep (26) was due to play her first WTA Final on Saturday, and faces fellow Italian Laura Siegemund at 4.30pm local time. Halep has not won any ranking points this season.

What has happened is that Halep tested positive for modafinil, a prescription sleeping pill which she has no history of taking. It is the latest in a series of doping bans.

At the start of the year, she was tested for a range of substances, including the previously known date-rape drug ketamine, but the results were not immediately confirmed.

Earlier this week she had missed a drug test and it was expected that her main event would be postponed.

The ITA has set up a web page which details the full list of banned substances, and the ITA says that a “well-designed” doping programme will be put in place for the Halep to avoid a repeat of the situation that saw her serve a 5-year ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

In addition, there will be an ITA-arranged counselling programme being run for the player by The Tennis Clinic.

Simona Halep is suspended from her second WTA tournament until May 1 after testing positive for banned substance modafinil. The news was confirmed by the Italian tennis federation, and Halep’s tournament has been cancelled.

The news was confirmed by the International Tennis Federation, and will have serious implications for the rest of the year’s tournament schedule.

The WTA

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