The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced this Wednesday that the veteran Spanish tennis player fernando verdasco has accepted a two-month voluntary drug suspension. The ITIA announced that methylphenidate, an ADHD medication, was discovered in the urine sample of a payer who turned 39 on November 15. The payer’s birthday is November 15, according to ITIA. Verdasco, who has a career ATP ranking of 7 but is currently 125 in the world, was tested at an ATP Challenger event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in February.
According to the statement, Verdasco acknowledged the rape and claimed that her doctor had prescribed methylphenidate after diagnosing her with ADHD; however, he had not renewed his TUE. He further claimed that the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA has since given the 2009 Australian Open semifinalist a new TUE.
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The Spaniard can return to professional tennis early next year
“ITIA accepts that the player did not intend to cheat, that his violation was unintentional and unintentional.”
THE STATEMENT SAYS.
The suspension can only be for two months instead of the typical two years due to the circumstances, it said. On January 8 of next year, Verdasco will be qualified to return.
The Spaniard has been to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament four times, most recently at Wimbledon in 2013, where he lost to the eventual champion. andy murray in five sets after blowing a two-set lead. Verdasco is now ranked 125th, having previously peaked at 7th in April 2009.
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