Simona Aleppo He was charged with a second anti-doping violation for “improperties in the athlete’s biological passport”.

The former world number one and Wimbledon champion has been temporarily suspended since October last year. test positive for the blood-enhancing drug Roxadustat at the 2022 US Open.

Last month Aleppo criticizes delay in trialhowever, the International Agency for Integrity of Tennis (ITIA) said on Friday that the Romanian athlete was accused of “further and separate violation of the tennis anti-doping program” following an independent assessment of his biological passport.

“We understand that this announcement adds complexity to an already high-profile situation,” said Nicole Sapstead, ITIA senior director of anti-doping.

“From the beginning of this process – and indeed everyone else at ITIA – we have been committed to engaging with Ms. Aleppo in an empathetic, productive and timely manner.

“Of course, we appreciate that there is a great deal of media attention in these cases.

“It would not be appropriate for us to comment on details until the end of the process, but we will continue to meet with the independent court of Sports Decisions and the representatives of Ms. Aleppo as soon as possible.”