Tennis – Virginia Ruzici was once Simona’s manager.
Simona Halep’s doping scandal triggered her former manager Virginia Ruzici to make her first-ever post on Instagram. “I have known Simona for a long time and worked with her for 14 years. In all this time, not only has she been an incredible athlete and champion but also a role model.
Simona is a person of impeccable sportsmanship, integrity and honesty. I am deeply saddened by these developments and I am 100% convinced that Simona would have never done anything to gain an unfair advantage. I fully support Simona in her battle for truth and stand by her side,” said Ruzici on Instagram.
Virginia Ruzici is a former professional tennis player that won the French Open in 1978.
Virginia was replaced by Halep with Nina Wennerstrom. Darren Cahill, Halep’s former coach, reacted to Ruzici’s post with a heart emoji.
Cahill also defends Halep
Cahill, who worked with Halep for six years, said Halep was always ultra-careful when it came to prescriptions and supplements.
“Firstly, and most importantly, there is NO chance Simona knowingly or purposely took any substance on the banned list. None. Zero. She is an athlete that stressed about anything prescribed to her by a medical professional (which was rarely), or about any supplement that she used or considered.
Simona wore out the words “please double check this, triple check this to make sure it’s legal, safe and permitted. If you are not sure, I’m not taking it,” Cahill wrote on Instagram. Also, in his Instagram post, Cahill said that during his time with Halep, the Romanian was always ready and willing to take a doping test. “Simona’s integrity is faultless, she respects her peers, she loves the game and she always has her feet firmly planted on the ground as a humble, approachable champion,” Cahill insisted.
Also, Cahill described Halep as a very honest person, who can’t lie or manipulate even if she wanted. “Honesty has always been her greatest strength and her biggest weakness. We would often laugh about the fact that she can’t act and can’t tell a little white lie.
Ask her a question in a press conference and she will blurt out an honest answer. She wears her mood on her shoulder for the world to see, for good and for bad. That is Simo. What you see is what you get. She built an amazing career and legacy by doing things the hard way.
The right way. Due process will now follow to reveal answers to many questions. As Simona said, the hardest match of her life starts now. I believe in her. I always have and can honestly say never more than right now on this particular issue,” Cahill concluded his Instagram post about Halep.