Tennis player Cilic banned for 9 months for doping

  • AP, London
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  • Updated: Sep 18, 2013 01:55 IST

The International Tennis Federation has said that Croatian player Marin Cilic has been suspended nine months for a doping violation.

The suspension was back-dated to May 1, so Cilic will be able to return to the tennis circuit on January 31.

Cilic tested positive for nikethamide, a stimulant, in Munich.

The ITF says an independent tribunal found that Cilic "ingested the nikethamide inadvertently, as a result of taking the Coramine glucose tablets and did not intend to enhance his performance in doing so."

Cilic has not played since withdrawing from Wimbledon in June.


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