Darren Cahill, the Australian coach who steered Simona Halep to grand slam glory, says there is no such thing as a method his former cost knowingly took banned medication.
As tennis luminaries have come out in drive to throw their weight behind the favored Halep’s struggle to clear her title, Cahill has led an impassioned defence, insisting her “integrity is faultless” and concluding, “I stand with Simo”.
The 31-year-old examined constructive for the banned substance Roxadustat on the US Open, in what’s the most excessive profile doping case in ladies’s tennis since Maria Sharapova’s failed check for meldonium on the 2016 Australian Open.
The 2-time grand slam champion vowed to clear her title, branding the information as “the most important shock of my life”.
And Cahill, who guided Halep to world No 1 in 2017 and to her 2018 French Open triumph in a six-year alliance, wrote in a protracted Instagram submit on Sunday: “Firstly, and most significantly, there’s NO probability Simona knowingly or purposely took any substance on the banned listing. None. Zero.
“Simona wore out the phrases ‘please double verify this, triple verify this to verify it’s authorized, protected and permitted. In case you are undecided, I’m not taking it’.
“We each imagine within the ITIA testing program and would typically focus on the variety of occasions she was examined, each at tournaments and randomly.
“She did it with out criticism, with the reassurance of understanding different athletes had been being examined simply as regularly. Competing in opposition to clear athletes was vital to her.
“Simona’s integrity is faultless, she respects her friends, she loves the sport and he or she all the time has her ft firmly planted on the bottom as a humble, approachable champion.
“I imagine in her. I all the time have and may actually say by no means greater than proper now on this explicit difficulty. I stand with Simo.”
Halep’s partnership with Cahill ended final 12 months and he or she’s been working with one other star coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who additionally provided his assist, saying: “I assist you 100% on this struggle Simona. Throughout.”
Fellow Romanian Billie Jean King Cup gamers have jumped to her defence whereas Halep’s former husband Toni Iuruc stated in an interview: “I swear to you that this lady, my ex-wife, is obsessive about one factor – honour.
“You possibly can take something from Simona, when you took away her honour, her equity, you kill her. She is now not human. Simona wouldn’t have completed such a factor even when you had lower off her hand to cease enjoying tennis.”