Former world primary Simona Halep has accused tennis’ doping authority of “publicly stating one factor whereas privately doing one other” by requesting an extra delay to her listening to.
The Romanian, 31, has been suspended since October after testing constructive for a banned substance on the US Open.
The second cost is separate to the one for which she is already suspended.
In a press release on Twitter, 2019 Wimbledon champion Halep mentioned the Worldwide Tennis Integrity Company (ITIA) had requested a 3rd delay.
Halep, who denies the costs, mentioned she was “extraordinarily shocked and upset by the ITIA’s angle”.
“Whereas the ITIA through their consultant Nicole Sapstead was publicly stating three days in the past that the ITIA ‘has remained dedicated to partaking Mrs Halep in an empathetic, environment friendly and well timed method’, they had been on the similar time formally requesting the tribunal to delay my listening to… for the third time,” Halep mentioned.
“The ITIA publicly states one factor whereas privately doing one other, I’ve repeatedly requested for my listening to and the ITIA has repeatedly sought to delay it.
“When is it going to cease? I ask the query as soon as once more. I’m entitled to a fast listening to. Appearing this fashion is opposite to my rights.”
Halep’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, mentioned the ITIA had performed a “double sport” from “day one”.
An ITIA spokesperson mentioned: “We have now proposed that each expenses are heard collectively to keep away from a number of hearings. To do that, we want to present all events (together with the impartial tribunal) enough time to think about the numerous supplies related to the most recent cost.
“In the end it’s a choice for the impartial tribunal. Ms Halep additionally has the chance to make her representations to them.”
Halep’s suspension final 12 months was imposed after she examined constructive for roxadustat, an anti-anaemia drug which stimulates the manufacturing of purple blood cells within the physique. She denies knowingly taking the banned substance.
The investigations into failed assessments by the ITIA are sometimes complicated, notably when a participant denies taking a substance knowingly.
It isn’t unusual for circumstances to take months to be resolved.
In such circumstances, a participant can produce proof to disprove or mitigate the failed take a look at. This could deliver additional investigation and testing by the ITIA, resulting in the method being additional prolonged.