Tara Moore, Britain’s No. 1 women’s doubles player, has been temporarily suspended and will almost certainly miss Wimbledon after testing positive for a forbidden drug. The International Tennis Integrity Agency said on Wednesday that Moore, 29, tested positive for two of the banned drugs by WADA during a WTA competition in Colombia in April. Moore is ranked 83rd in doubles. Moore’s provisional ban, which is retroactive to May 27, will prevent her from competing in or even attending sanctioned events.
Moore was tested positive for Nandrolone and Boldenone which are both on the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. “I have never knowingly taken a banned substance in my career. I am investigating how the positive result could have occurred and look forward to proving that I am a clean athlete. I am deeply saddened by the provisional suspension and hope to be back on the court as soon as possible.” Moore tweeted.
“The sample was split into A and B samples and the subsequent analysis found that the A sample contained Nandrolone metabolites and Boldenone and its metabolite, which are prohibited substances listed in the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Adverse Analytical Findings for non-specified substances carry a mandatory provisional suspension,” the ITIA said.
“The player now has the opportunity to request that the B sample is analyzed to see if that confirms the A sample. In the meantime, the player is ineligible to compete in or attend any sanctioned tennis events organized by the governing bodies of the sport from the start of the provisional suspension on 27 May 2022.” ITIA added.
Moore and doubles partner Eden Silva were eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon last year, her seventh defeat in the first round at the All England Club. On the ITF tour, the tier below the WTA, she has nine singles championships and 17 doubles titles. In 2017, the 29-year-old reached World No.145 in singles, but is now at No.389. She also advanced to the second round of singles at Wimbledon in 2016.
Moore will now miss Wimbledon, which starts on June 27, unless there is a dramatic development.