While the tours may be suspended due to the coronavirus, tennis’s drug testing program hasn’t slowed down.
The ITF today announced that world No. 89 Nicolas Jarry has been given an 11-month doping suspension for failing a test during the Davis Cup finals last November.
“Mr. Jarry,” a statement from the ITF said, “provided a urine sample on 19 November 2019 in association with his participation in the Davis Cup Finals, held in Madrid from 18 to 24 November 2019 (the “Event”). That sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain metabolites of SARM LGD-4033 (ligandrol) and stanozolol. SARM LGD-4033 and stanozolol are Non-Specified substances, which are prohibited under category S1 of the 2019 WADA Prohibited List (Anabolic Agents), and therefore are also prohibited under the Programme.”
Rather than fight, the 24-year-old Argentine, who was ranked as high as No. 38, accepted ruling.
“Today, happy and with a clear conscience,” Jarry posted on social media. “I tell you that we were able to prove in the investigation carried out by the ITF that the prohibitive substances identified in the tests, were originated in the Brazilian laboratory which cross contaminated my vitamins. Along with this, with great humility, I have accepted the 11-month sanction offered by the ITF, which will make me eligible to compete in November. Extending the legal process would only add more stress and uncertainty to my professional future.”
— Nicolas Jarry Fillol (@NicoJarry) April 20, 2020
The ITF will allow Jarry to return on November 15. The good news for Jarry is the tour is on hold, so he’s not missing any tournaments. But when he does, his ranking will well off his Top 100 level and he won’t be awarded any protections to that ranking because of the virus.
He also forfiets points and prize earning from the Davis Cup and for two events this year at Adelaide and the ATP Cup.
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