Ill-Famed Tennis Legend Accuses Serena Williams’ Ex-coach of ‘Lying’ Amid Simona Halep’s Doping Ban


Tennis: US OPEN, Aug 29, 2022 Flushing, NY, USA Simona Halep of Romania reacts during a match against Daria Snigur of Ukraine on day one of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports, 29.08.2022 15:24:28, 18948998, Ukraine, NPStrans, tennis, Daria Snigur, TopPic, US Open, Simona Halep PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xDaniellexParhizkaranx 18948998
Last year, the doping scandal of Simona Halep shook the eyebrows of the tennis world. The Romanian tennis star received a ban of four years for testing positive for a banned substance and having irregularities in her biological passport. However, Halep maintained her innocence in this case and even appealed against her ban. On the other hand, she blamed her coaching staff for the mess created. Among them was Serena Williams’ ex-coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Recently, Halep’s compatriot and former tennis player, Ilie Nastase, backed the former World Number One’s claims.
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Halep has received widespread support from the tennis world ever since her doping case came to light. She even broke down on multiple occasions, as it had seriously affected her tennis career. Here’s what Nastase had to say.
Ilie Nastase slams Mouratoglou amid the doping ban of Simona Halep
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Nastase was a renowned tennis player in the 80s. The Romanian star was known for his antics and often amused the crowd with his surprise moves. On this occasion, he caught the headlines after coming out hard against Patrick Mouratoglou.
via Imago August 14, 2022, TORONTO, ON, CANADA: Simona Halep, of Romania, looks on after losing a point against Beatriz Haddad Maia, of Brazil, during the National Bank Open finals tennis tournament in Toronto on Sunday, August 14, 2022. Canada News – August 14, 2022 PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY – ZUMAc35_ 20220814_zaf_c35_029 Copyright: xNathanxDenettex
Nastase said, “He can lie, he should have admitted from the beginning. Well, that’s ridiculous, it’s been a year. He’s been doing this thing, I don’t understand why he didn’t do it when he should have, it’s too late now, in my opinion, why didn’t he come forward when it happened.”
Further, he went on to add, “He may be lying, if he came out at the beginning and said, yes, by mistake, it’s my fault, it was a job, but now you say after a year that you are guilty, how does this come about, it’s been a year, I don’t understand.” (Translated using Google Translate)
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Not only Nastase, but the entire tennis world has criticized Mouratoglou for his involvement in Simona Halep’s doping case. Even Halep felt betrayed and made a saddening revelation about her former coach.
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What did Halep say about Mouratoglou?
The former World Number 1 was extremely shattered by the doping ban. It put her career in jeopardy as she is already 32 and nearing her retirement with each passing day. As a result, she felt her trust was broken by Mouratoglou.
Opening up about him, Halep said, “It’s true that he went out. I wish he could have done that a little bit earlier. I have stopped working with the academy since a while already. So I always trusted this and my trust is broken a little bit right now. And in the future, I don’t know how it’s going to be if I can trust again..”
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Halep’s hearing in the CAS concluded last week. However, the result is yet to be revealed. The Romanian star’s fate will be decided soon and it could go either way.
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