Cilic cited injury to hide failed drug test

by: AP September 24, 2013

Tags: Marin Cilic

AP Photo

LONDON (AP)—A tennis tribunal says Marin Cilic hid behind the excuse of a knee injury to withdraw from Wimbledon this year to avoid negative publicity after failing a doping test.

The Croatian player was suspended for nine months last week by the International Tennis Federation after testing positive for a banned stimulant at a tournament in Munich in May.

The ITF's anti-doping tribunal released its findings of the case on Tuesday, saying Cilic pulled out of Wimbledon before his second-round match against Kenny de Schepper on the same day he accepted a provisional doping suspension and waived his right to testing of his backup `B' sample.

The statement says Cilic "withdrew from Wimbledon, citing a knee injury to avoid adverse publicity.''

The ITF has accepted the player's contention that he ingested the stimulant inadvertently in a glucose tablet and wasn't trying to cheat.

More Stories

The Baseline Quiz: Which Grand Slam should you attend?

If you're deciding between one of the four, let us make the decision easier for you. 

The Tao of Domi: What every player can learn from Dominika Cibulkova

Cibulkova seems to revel in every aspect of the sport, right down to its scent. 

Viktor Troicki beats third-seeded Dominic Thiem to reach Vienna QFs

Also, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6 (6), 6-2.