The ITF announced Friday that Marin Cilic’s nine month doping ban has been reduced to four after hearing an appeal from the Croatian.
Cilic, who was found to have taken illegal substances during the Monte Carlo event in April, will be allowed to return to the ATP circuit on October 26. And Cilic took advantage of the lesser sentence by playing the Paris Masters where he drew a qualifier in the first round (Cilic was automatically entered into the Masters event six weeks ago, so with the ruling Marin didn’t need to withdraw, he could play).
Cilic, now ranked No. 47, has not played since voluntarily leaving the tour after a first round win at Wimbledon in June.
Under the ITF’s reduced ruling, Cilic will only forfeit points and prize money from the Munich event.
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