So close, yet so far: Halep trains in UAE as others play the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships


Awaiting the outcome of her doping ban appeal, Simona Halep maintains a steadfastly positive outlook, focusing on her tennis training as she awaits the CAS verdict. Recent updates from the former world No.1, shared on her Instagram account, showcase her dedication to the sport as she practices in Dubai, the city where the WTA players are currently competing at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Despite her proximity to the tennis action, Halep faces the stark reality that her ban will endure until October 2026 should her appeal be unsuccessful.

Simona Halep at the Dubai Creek Academies

This week, Halep treated her followers to glimpses of her training sessions at the Dubai Creek Academies, underscoring her commitment to staying match-ready. The venue is a collaborative effort of the premier sports, fitness, and wellness academies in the United Arab Emirates, located in the picturesque setting of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

The Instagram photos and stories elicited an outpouring of support from fans eagerly anticipating her return. Comments such as “Is it just me or does EVERYONE want you to come back and destroy the competition?” and “Can’t wait to see you back out on court!” underscore the anticipation surrounding her potential comeback.


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Halep’s presence in Dubai comes as no surprise, following reports last year that she had sold her villa in Snagov, a commune near Bucharest, for 4.2 million euros. The move signaled her departure from Romania, with reports suggesting that she reinvested the proceeds in a property in Dubai.

As Halep continues to train diligently in Dubai, her fans remain hopeful for a positive outcome to her appeal, eagerly awaiting her triumphant return to competitive tennis.

The two-time Grand Slam champion tested positive for the prohibited substance roxadustat during the 2022 US Open, while her second offense involved irregularities in her athlete biological passport. The authorities determined that her use of the banned substance was intentional, resulting in a four-year ban.


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