Canas Tennis Doping Sentence Cut to 15 Months

Posted on May 24, 2006

Argentine Guillermo Canas will return to competition this year following the US Open after an appeals court reduced the two-year doping ban he is currently serving to 15 months.

The 28-year-old Canas was banned in August 2005 following a positive test for hydrochlorothiazide (HCT), but the appeals court reduced the ban after hearing that the Argentine had been mistakenly given the substance by ATP Acapulco tournament staff.

According to Reuters, the court noted that Canas had failed to check the medication personally despite knowing it had passed through several hands before being delivered to him. The court agreed with Canas that the original mistake was made by the tournament staff and found that the player's own negligence was "not significant."

Canas will now also receive the points and prize money from the eight tournaments he participated in after the Acapulco event before his suspension.