PTPA slammed for hyprocrisy after Simona Halep assistance vow

Simona Halep celebrates Credit: Alamy
Simona Halep celebrates Credit: Alamy

The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) has been criticised for its lack of assistance to lower profile players in the wake of their vow to support Simona Halep in fighting a doping ban.

The player’s association, founded by Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic has pledged to aid Halep in any way possible angering players who feel they haven’t received the same treatment from the PTPA.

Djokovic’s pet project set out, according to their mission statement, to unite and mobilize tennis players from around the globe in order to create transparency and fairness throughout decision-making in professional tennis.

“Together we are building an equitable and sustainable competitive environment for players today, and for generations to come,” the statement reads.

While assisting Halep is undoubtedly something that might be expected from the PTPA, at least one player feels slighted.

Their statement on the matter read: “The PTPA is committed to ensuring that Simona Halep, and every player, has a fair appeal and complete due process. We will fight for her rights and look to advocate for fairness and transparency for all players.”

One fan pointed out that a string of lower profile players have found themselves in similar situations but no such public statement was made backing them.

“Do the PTPA help other players that are named in the ITIA website or do they just fight for former Grand Slam Champions like Halep? Haven’t seen this statement for others?” the user said on Twitter.

British doubles expert Tara Moore was among those asking questions of the PTPA, responding to the same fan.

She wrote: “Their silence tells you everything.”

Moore went on to sarcastically thank the PTPA for helping her when she faced a doping charge.

“Thanks PTPA for helping myself and Barbara Gatica too.”

Moore tested positive for nandrolone metabolites and Boldenone during a WTA tournament in Colombia in April.

Like Halep she has maintained her innocence but has not played since the provisional suspension was announced in June.

“I am investigating how the positive result could have occurred and look forward to proving that I am a clean athlete,” she wrote at the time.

“I am deeply saddened by the provisional suspension and hope to be back on the court as soon as possible.”

Halep had been due to return to the court after an absence brought on by surgery at an exhibition tournament in Dubai but that now seems unlikely to pan out for the Romanian and her career could be under threat from a ban.

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