Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos
Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, formerly ranked 12th in the world, has been suspended for 18 months for violating doping regulations, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Thursday.
Troicki was found guilty for failing to provide a requested blood sample during drug tests at the Masters tournament in Monte Carlo back in April.
“Mr Troicki provided a urine sample, but did not provide a blood sample. He asserted to an independent tribunal that he was assured by the Doping Control Officer that it would be acceptable not to provide a sample on account of him feeling unwell that day,” the ITF stated. However, the tribunal did not accept Troicki’s arguments and suspended him for 18 months, until January 24, 2015, the statement says.
Troicki was defeated by Spain’s Tommy Robredo 6-0 6-4 in the 2nd round of the Croatia Open in Umag on Thursday.