New Leash on Life: Simona Halep’s Early Return to Tennis Following Doping Ban Reduction

Simona Halep’s doping suspension shortened, given green light to resume playing

On Tuesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport gave two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep the green light to return to tennis immediately after her doping ban was reduced. The four-year ban was reduced to just nine months and was applied retroactively, expiring in July.

Halep had not played since the 2022 U.S. Open, where she tested positive for a banned substance. Prior to the reduction of her ban, she was facing exile from tennis until October 2026, when she would have turned 35. This decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport has allowed her to make a quicker comeback to the sport she loves.

The judges on the panel partially upheld Halep’s appeal, stating that she had proven, on the balance of probabilities, that the banned blood-boosting substance entered her body through the consumption of a contaminated supplement. This decision allowed her to return to tennis much sooner than expected.

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