London, England (Sports Network) - The International Tennis Federation
announced Thursday that Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki has been
suspended for 18 months.
Troicki was notified on April 15 that he had been selected to provide a urine
sample and a blood sample in association with his participation at the Rolex
Monte Carlo Masters event.
The 27-year-old Troicki provided a urine sample, but did not provide a blood
Thursday was not a good day for Troicki, who also lost to Tommy Robredo in the
second round at the Croatia Open.
Troicki told an independent tribunal that he was assured by the Doping Control
Officer (DCO) that it would be acceptable not to provide a blood sample on
account of him feeling unwell that day. However, the tribunal concluded that
the DCO told Mr Troicki that she could not advise him as to whether his reason
for not providing a blood sample was valid, and that no such assurances were
given by her.
Troicki's actions constituted a failure and a refusal to provide a blood
sample, and that his explanation for not doing so did not constitute
It was also determined that Troicki's results at the Monte Carlo Masters event
should be disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and
prize money from the tournament.
The ban ends Jan. 24, 2015.
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