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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