3rd February 2021

Statement from Dayana Yastremska

I sadly acknowledge the decision of the CAS to dismiss the expedited appeal to lift my provisional suspension. I would like to underline that the decisions taken by the ITF [International Tennis Federation] Independent Tribunal and the CAS are only related to the provisional suspension.

Now comes the time to defend myself about the matter of the dispute. My team and I are confident in our ability to prove my innocence as the ITF Independent Tribunal will hear from me, witnesses and experts.

I know my presence in Australia has raised some concerns. The urgent procedure with the ITF Independent Tribunal and the CAS could have lifted my provisional suspension, which would have enabled me to compete at the Australian Open. That’s the reason why I was allowed to travel there.

I can’t express my disappointment about not taking part in the First Slam of the year. I am thankful to the authorities for the conditions they have set for players in such challenging times. Thus, I intend to return all the expenses engaged by Tennis Australia on my behalf.

I remain determined to demonstrate my innocence and clear my name. I wish to thank all my fans for their support.

 

 

 

 

• This media release was published by Dayana Yastremska via her Twitter account on 3 February. Click here for the original.

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