Russian tennis player banned for failing drugs test aged 14

Peter Thompson
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A tennis ball nestles against the net
A tennis ball nestles against the net

A 14-year-old Russian tennis player has been banned for nine months after failing a drugs test.

The teenager, who cannot be named due to their age, was suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) after testing positive for banned substance Meldonium in January this year.

The player, who had been selected for a random anti-doping test during only their second senior ITF tournament, admitted a breach of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) rules.

With the ban backdated to the date of the player's provisional suspension of March 5, the youngster is ineligible to compete in or attend any tennis events authorised, organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport until December 4.

Meldonium is a metabolic modulator, prohibited under section S4 of the WADA Prohibited List.

The ITIA will provide a one-to-one education session as part of the player's reinstatement.

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