In a welcome move for transparency, the ITF announced today that they will now release the names of players who have been provisionally suspended for doping violations.
Previously, names were not released until they were proven guilty. But that meant players having to mysteriously withdraw from event after event until the decision was made, leaving some in the public to question if in fact the player was serving a “silent ban” or really was injured.
The ITF agreed this wasn’t good for the sport.
“The reputation of the Programme and, consequently, the image of tennis, have been damaged by accusations that players have been allowed to serve bans without those bans being made public (so-called ‘silent bans’),” the ITF said. “This rule change will prevent any further similar accusations and so protect our sport.”
However, with the release of the names, will this damage the reputations of players who are ultimately cleared?
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