Marin Cilic has been suspended nine months for apparently not being able to read an ingredient label.
Cilic tested positive for nikethamide, a stimulant, at a tournament in Munich last spring.
He said that he ingested the substance inadvertently in glucose tablets and was not trying to cheat.
He said in a statement that he purchased the tablets at a pharmacy in France.
“I wish to emphasize that I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any banned substances in my life and that I am opposed to any use of performance-enhancing substances in sport,” Cilic said.
As a result, the ITF gave him a reduced penalty rather than a ban of up to two years.
The 24-year-old from Croatia has not played since withdrawing from his second-round match at Wimbledon in June, citing a knee injury. Cilic will be ineligible for the Australian Open in January.
Cilic has been ranked as high as No. 9 in the world in early 2010 after reaching the semifinals at that year’s Australian Open. He’s currently 24th in the ATP Rankings.
Cilic will lose all his results, ranking points and prize money since the Munich tournament.
Is this just the beginning of a wide-spread doping scandal in tennis?
The truth is yet to be known. But one anonymous Twitter comment sums it up in one simple tweet:
“I believe him. And also millions believed Armstrong. We wait for history.”
What do you think?