Former Men’s Tennis No. 9 Marin Čilić’s Doping Ban Reduced
The International Tennis Federation announced on Friday October 25th that the length of the 24-year-old Croatian player Marin Čilić’s ban from professional tennis has been reduced from nine months to four, which allowed the former Men’s No. 9 to return to competition in time for the Masters 1000 tournament in Paris this week.
Čilić tested positive for the performance enhancer nikethamide in Munich at the BMW Open earlier this year and was suspended by an independent tribunal on September 23rd. The ban was dated retroactively to May 1st, to include the time Čilić had been under suspension prior to the independent tribunal’s hearing.
Čilić, who claims to have ingested the substance accidentally when taking glucose tablets, appealed the decision of a nine-month suspension to the Court of Arbitration in Sport. The CAS agreed with Čilić’s appeal and determined that the original sentence was too harsh and should be reduced to four months—less than the amount of time Čilić had already been suspended when the independent tribunal met in late September to determine his punishment. The ban was officially lifted last week, allowing Čilić to play in the upcoming Masters 1000 tournament in Paris which began on Monday.
Čilić spent 11 weeks in the world’s top ten in 2010. He is now ranked number 47 in the world.