World No. 89 Banned From Tennis For 11 Months

The ITF has banned Nicolas Jarry for 11 months after he tested positive for two prohibited substances.

However, Jarry will be allowed to continue play in November, granted that any play is back, due to a backdate of the suspension. Jarry was provisionally suspended on January 14 after a urine sample at a Davis Cup match was found to contain the anabolic agent ligandrol and anabolic steroid stanozolol.

But, when the suspension was first set in place, Jarry protested the matter.

“The levels of these substances are so incredibly low that they are equivalent to trillionths of a gram, levels so low that neither substance could have provided me any performance-enhancing benefit,” Jarry protested.

Jarry went on to say that his doctor gave him some multi-vitamins from Brazil that were guaranteed to be free from banned substances. And, the ITF accepted this series of events and thus decided to backdate his suspension.

“Mr. Jarry was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample) on 4 January 2020 and was provisionally suspended on 14 January 2020,” an ITF statement read. 

“The ITF accepted Mr. Jarry’s explanation as to how the SARM LGD-4033 and stanozolol entered his system and that he bore No Significant Fault or Negligence for his violation. Mr. Jarry was entitled to have his period of ineligibility backdated to start on the date of last occurrence of his violation. 

“This is Mr. Jarry’s first Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The decision determines that: (1) Mr. Jarry has committed a violation of the Programme; (2) he must serve a period of ineligibility of eleven months; and (3) that period of ineligibility is backdated to start on 16 December 2019, and so ending at midnight on 15 November 2020. 

“In accordance with Programme articles 9.1 and 10.8, all ranking points and prize money obtained by Mr. Jarry at the Event and subsequent events are disqualified.”

The 38th career high ranked Jarry posted a statement on his Twitter account.

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