Rising Ukrainian tennis superstar and current World No.29, Dayana Yastremska, has been provisionally suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency after an illicit substance was found in a urine sample.
The out of competition sample, provided by Yastremska in November last year, was found to have the presence of mesterolone metabolite, an anabolic agent on the ITF prohibited list.
An anabolic agent is a human-made variation of the male hormone, testosterone.
“Yastremska was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample) and was provisionally suspended with effect from Jan. 7,” the ITF stated.
“Yastremska had (and retains) the right to apply to the Chair of the Independent Tribunal convened to hear her case why the Provisional Suspension should not be imposed but has chosen not to exercise that right to date.”
The World No.29 took to social media to address the charges, denying any wrongdoing by expressing, “I firmly state that I have never used any performance enhancing drugs or any prohibited substances.”
“I am astonished and under shock, particularly given that two weeks prior to this test – on 9 November 2020 – I tested negative at the WTA event in Linz. After this last tournament of the year, I stopped practising to rest prior to the start of the season”
"Only a very low concentration of mesterolone metabolite was detected in my urine. Given that low concentration and given my negative test two weeks earlier, I have received scientific advice that the result is consistent with some form of contamination event."
Yastremska’s career has been fraught with controversies so far.
The former World No. 21 was accused by Caroline Wozniacki of gamesmanship by “faking” an injury at the Australian Open in 2020.
Furthermore, Yastremska was made to defend herself last year, after posting photos of herself topless with half of her body black on Instagram, in which Naomi Osaka described as blackface.
“I am so disappointed that my message has been corrupted,” she replied in regard to the Instagram controversy in July 2019.
The ITF has not given a date as to when Yastremska’s trial would occur; putting the Ukrainians partaking in the Australian summer of tennis in doubt.