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US tennis player Robert Kendrick gets 1-year ban

July 29, 2011 02:11 PM
American Robert Kendrick was suspended one year for testing positive for an illegal stimulant.

LONDON (AP) - Former top-100 player Robert Kendrick of the United States was suspended for a year by the International Tennis Federation on Friday after testing positive for a banned stimulant at the French Open.

After failing the May 22 test, Kendrick said the stimulant got into his system because of a capsule he took to combat jet lag. He denied trying to enhance his performance. Kendrick lost in the first round at Roland Garros.

The ITF accepted his account, but said a player is responsible for any banned substance in his body. His suspension runs until May 21, 2012.

The 31-year-old Kendrick was born in California and lives in Florida. He reached a career-best ranking of 69th in 2009 and is currently 105th.

Methylhexaneamine has been at the center of numerous doping cases in recent months.

The World Anti-Doping Agency recently loosened the classification of the substance to the ``specified stimulant'' list, covering drugs that are more susceptible to inadvertent use and can carry reduced penalties.

Two South Africa rugby players recently tested positive for the stimulant. Last year, a dozen Indian athletes - including wrestlers, weightlifters and swimmers - tested positive for methylhexaneamine just before the Commonwealth Games and were banned.

 

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