London, England (Sports Network) - Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic has
received a nine-month suspension for a doping violation, the International
Tennis Federation announced Monday.
Cilic, ranked No. 24 in the world, was found to have inadvertently ingested
the substance, a prohibited stimulant, as a result of taking glucose tablets.
His suspension is retroactive to May 1, the date he provided the urine sample
at the BMW Open in Munich, Germany. The suspension ends Jan. 31 at midnight.
Cilic, 24, said the banned stimulant, nikethamide, was contained in glucose
tablets purchased on his behalf from a pharmacy. In accepting his explanation,
the ITF gave him a reduced penalty.
Cilic hasn't played since he withdrew from Wimbledon in June. He's been ranked
as high as No. 9 in the world.
The Sports Network