Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has been busy Thursday on X, denying controversial quotes about former No.1 player Simona Halep and her four-year suspension for doping.
Wozniacki is denying them because she, in fact, never gave them.
Sports Illustrated columnist Jon Wertheim posted a column Wednesday breaking down Halep’s ban.
In his reporting, Wertheim used quotes from Wozniacki defending Halep.
As it turns out, Wertheim got the quotes from an unverified Instagram account, as Wozniacki explained in her denial.
“It’s come to my attention that @jon_wertheim posted, and since deleted, quotes and opinions from me about Martina Hingis and the Halep doping case. To be ABSOLUTELY CLEAR those quotes were NOT from me, but instead were taken from an account on Instagram that pretended to be me, and didn’t have the check mark,” Wozniacki wrote.
“This is very frustrating because it could have been easily avoided by either calling me, or checking the accounts authenticity on Instagram. I understand mistakes can happen, but I just want to be absolutely clear that these comments did NOT come from me. Have a great day!”
That led Wertheim to own up to his mistake.
“With full apologies to Caroline: …Editors’ note, Sept. 21, 11:20 a.m: Quotes attributed to Caroline Wozniacki which initially appeared in an earlier version of this story were found not to be authentic,” Wertheim posted. “SI has since learned she was not the source and regrets this error.
“To retierate – The quotes attributed yesterday to @CaroWozniacki came from either a hacked account or an impersonator account… The story has been corrected to reflect this.”
Wertheim also posted that he had apologized privately to Wozniacki.
“I was duped. She was impersonated…Otherwise, she had nothing to do with this and any quotes attributed to her should not be.”
But Wozniacki wasn’t satisfied with Wertheim’s response. “This was NOT a hacked account. You simply did not do your research to see it was a fake account with no verified check mark on it! Very simple to see on Instagram!”
Earlier this month, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced it was banning Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, for four years for two separate doping violations.
Halep, who rose to the WTA’s No. 1 ranking in 2017, has vowed to “clear my name.”
For what it’s worth, Wozniacki won her first (and only) Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open when she beat Halep in three sets.