ITF Announces No More “Silent Bans”
by Tom Gainey | August 23rd, 2016, 9:36 am

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.

Earlier this year, Maria Sharapova came out ahead of her decision to announce she had been provisionally suspended.

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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4 Comments for ITF Announces No More “Silent Bans”

Humble Rafa Says:

This is a good move. All silent bans do is enable internet trolls to go after good people who have not been banned.

MMT Says:

I’m not sure I agree with this: if a player’s B sample is negative, or it turns out that there was some other error, the release of the provisional ban results in all the negative connotations and associations with one who has indeed cheated. That’s not fair to the player if they’re found not guilty. Furthermore, what is the impetus of this: has there ever been a case where a player served a silent ban that didn’t turn into an actual ban, BUT SHOULD HAVE? I would think that’s the only reason to do this, otherwise the players are getting screwed. This only serves to assuage conspiracy theorists who suspect that every long-term injury is actually a silent ban. I don’t think the rules of the tour should convene to the lunatic fringe of tennis fans.

Sean Says:

But will they retroactively release the names of players who have had silent bans over the last 5, 10, 20 years?

Willow Says:

And so they should ….

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