Was Marin Cilic Found In Violation Of The Tennis Anti-Doping Rules?
by Staff | July 27th, 2013, 9:45 am

According to Croatian media, Marin Cilic is currently under investigation for failing a doping test. The daily paper Jutarnji List is reporting that the 15th-ranked Cilic failed a blood test in Munich because of “incautious use of glucose”.

“There are no comments until we will be able to comment,” Cilic’s manager Vincent Stavaux told the paper.

Cilic had just passed a similar in Monte Carlo a few weeks earlier. In this case, according to the reports, someone close to Cilic gave the 24-year-old tennis star medication that put his glucose levels outside the acceptable bounds. Both Cilic and the person who handled the medication failed to read the warning label on the package.

Possibly unaware of the failed test, Cilic played on until he was notified of the positive result just before his second round match against Kenny de Schepper at Wimbledon. The Croat cited a knee injury for pulling out of the match but the reports suggest he voluntarily withdrew to focus his attention on the case.

If this is true – the ITF hasn’t made any statement regarding the case, if there even is one – Cilic could face a year ban from the tour retroactively starting from Munich.

The story also suggests that Cilic could get a lighter 3-month sentence for his compliance in this matter and for the inadvertent circumstances that led to the positive test. Cilic is hoping to return as early as the Montreal Masters 1000 but the Croat, if found guilty, would at least forfeit all points and prize money accumulated from Munich until his return.

Montreal begins next week so assuming Cilic has already presented his side of the story, the ITF would have to rule on this in the coming days. If there is no ITF statement and Cilic plays in Montreal then either he was cleared by the tribunal or the media reports were completely false.

The Croatian No. 1 in May split with longtime coach Bob Brett. There is some speculation that former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic will take over once he returns to the sport.

The story comes on the heels of World No. 53 Victor Troicki’s 18-month doping suspension announced on Thursday.

You Might Like:
Former Top 40 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova Found To Have Violated Doping Rules, Serving 6-Month Suspension
Maria Sharapova Ruled Guilty, Receives 2-Year Tennis Ban For Doping
Thomaz Bellucci Busted For Doping, Suspended Until February
Rafael Nadal: I Believe My Rivals Are Clean, I Believe The Sport Is Clean And I Believe In The Doping Program
Marin Cilic Reinstated From Doping, Will Play Paris

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

6 Comments for Was Marin Cilic Found In Violation Of The Tennis Anti-Doping Rules?

Ben Pronin Says:

A fake injury to cover up a ban? That’s simply unheard of!

madmax Says:

God! Please! Not Cilic as well.

He was out for mono for such a long time, and now? This? I won’t believe it until it’s concrete.

I really like Cilic, I like his style of play and I hope that this is not true.

thark Says:

Surely glucose is not a banned substance – what exactly does the high glucose imply and what is he accused of?

Anna Says:

This is a little heartbreaking for me to as Cilic is a favorite. I’m not sure I understand the ban to glucose though. I thought everything eventually turned to glucose (sugar) in the body. Having something like glucose detected in a test doesn’t sound as bad as just refusing a test.

Ben – What would have been a better way for Marin to handle the situation? He wasn’t told to stop playing and the investigation was not complete. Can you imagine the media at Wimbledon. Instead of the focus on tennis, the media would have had a field day asking everyone what they thought about Cilic the cheat.

Ben Pronin Says:

Anna, I have no answer for you. There’s no winning in this for anyone. Damn the media.

Jatin Says:

What if someone accidently give these type of glucose to roger or rafa or any other top players ????
I mean, you never know.

I feel like this whole doping rules are flawed.

Top story: Wimbledon Cancelled, Tours Suspended Through July 12, Season In Doubt