7 January 2021

Statement from Dayana Yastremska

Dear all;

A few days ago, I have received a notice from the ITF that I was tested positive for mesterolone metabolite on 24 November 2020. 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 practicing to rest prior to the start of the new 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. Besides, I have been informed that this substance is meant for use as medication by men and that women are advised not to use it due to the adverse effects it causes.

Due to the confidentiality of the proceedings, you will understand that I am not able to share any further information at this stage. However, I am currently working with my team and you can be assured that I am resolutely determined to do everything to clear my name.

• This media release was published by Dayana Yastremska via Twitter on 7 January 2021. Click here for the original.

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