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Wimbledon organizers address Simona Halep possibly getting WC after doping ban

Wimbledon organizers address Simona Halep possibly getting WC after doping ban

The Wimbledon organizers offered a political correctness response when inquired about the possibility of Simona Halep getting a primary draw wildcard after her doping restriction as they just specified that the wildcard committee makes those choices.

After the CAS overthrew Halep’s four-year doping restriction to a nine-month suspension, the Romanian went back to action at the Miami Open as a wildcard. While Halep’s return was primarily invited, Caroline Wozniacki drew attention when she questioned whether gamers returning from doping restrictions must be assisted with wildcards.

Since then, Halep was likewise granted with a primary draw wildcard into Madrid however she didn’t get one for Rome or the French Open – in both of those competitions the previous world No. 1 was a previous champ.

That triggered particular discussions surrounding Halep and numerous began questioning whether Wimbledon – where the 32-year-old was a champ in 2019 – would offer the previous world No. 1 a primary draw wildcard.

Simona Halep © Getty Images Sport – Shaun Botterill


Wimbledon CEO on the possibility of Halep getting a primary draw wildcard

“Obviously that’s a theoretical concern. Our wildcard committee satisfy and make those choices, they haven’t fulfilled. They will be making a statement about the wildcard choices on the 19th of June so I wouldn’t wish to pre-judge a factor to consider of the wildcard committee,” Sally Bolton, Chief Executive Officer at The All England Club, said.

Meanwhile, Deborah Jevans, Chair at The All England Club, provided an answer similar to Bolton’s but didn’t close the doors on Halep getting a main draw wildcard.

“Once a player has served any drugs ban, they’re then free to compete in the circuit and as such the wildcard committee would consider that and their performance when considering that wildcard. As Sally said, the wildcard committee will meet and make that determination,” Jevans stated.

In 2019, Halep won her very first and only Wimbledon title after beating Serena Williams in the last. In her last Wimbledon look in 2022, Halep was a quarterfinalist.


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