American Tennis Star Robert Kendrick Suspended One Year for Doping
by Staff | July 29th, 2011, 2:25 pm

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced today that American Robert Kendrick has been suspended from pro tennis for one year.

The ITF said the 31-year-old Kendrick tested positive for prohibited substance methylhexaneamine on May 22 at the French Open.

According to the ITF, “Kendrick asserted that the methylhexaneamine had got into his system through his ingestion of a capsule of Zija XM3, which he took to combat jetlag. He denied any intent to enhance his performance as a result of taking this substance.”

The ITF accepted Kendrick’s defense that he did not take the drug to enhance his performance. However, following the letter of the law, Kendrick did not have an “exemption” for the drug and thus is subject to the doping rules.

Kendrick, who is ranked No. 105, will be retroactively suspended from May 22, 2011 through midnight May 21, 2012.

Kendrick grew up in Fresno, California. He resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife and child.

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7 Comments for American Tennis Star Robert Kendrick Suspended One Year for Doping

Kimberly Says:

im sure ben pronin wil have his say on this one.

Andy Says:

This article is factually incorrect. Robert Kendrick is not, nor ever has been, a star.

Humble Rafa Says:


Due to lack of starts in American tennis, anyone who plays tennis is a star.

It is sad because he didn’t really mean to cheat. Odesnik has syringles, bottles of HCG, he got only 7 months. Life is cruel. Robert Kendrick’s career may be over.

Ben Pronin Says:

Kimberly, just for you: Scapegoat.

Kimberly Says:


Tony Says:

Robert Kendrick is a 31-y-o American tennis player who turned pro in 2000, having won zero career title and a career prize money of $1.36M. His career-high ranking was a very humble 69. Doping has just made him more popular than ever and the writer of the news is certainly not a tennis fan, otherwise he or she would not have called Kendrick a ‘Star’.

Tony Delveccio Says:

I met him at a Tournament last year and he was a great guy, very nice and A great tennis player. Listen, anybody in the top 100 is amazing and better than 99.5% of the general tennis population

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