(Reuters) – Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci was given a five-month, back-dated doping suspension however was thought of not responsible of any “significant fault or negligence,” the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme stated on Thursday.
Bellucci, who reached a career-high 21st on the planet rankings in 2010 however has fallen to 112th, offered a urine pattern finally July’s Swedish Open that contained hydrochlorothiazide, which might masks different substances.
The 30-year-old Brazilian, who stated the optimistic take a look at was the results of a contaminated vitamin complement, refused to simply accept a voluntary provisional suspension and so was free to compete pending decision of his case.
The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme stated in a press release it accepted Bellucci’s account of how the banned substance received in his system.
It additionally stated that his interval of ineligibility was backdated because of the participant’s immediate admission and for delays not attributable to him.
Bellucci can begin competing once more from Feb. 1, which means he’ll miss the Jan. 15-28 Australian Open. Bellucci, who has by no means been past the second spherical at Melbourne Park, would have needed to qualify for the match given his low rating.
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, enhancing by Ed Osmond