Tennis player suspended for positive doping test gives strong statement amid investigation | tennis | Sport

Slovak tennis player Andrej Martin, who played against Novak Djokovic last year, has been suspended on doping charges. The International Tennis Federation found that the 32-year-old tested positive for an illegal substance on June 7.

Martin has been suspended until further notice and the investigation is ongoing. The 204-ranked player competed in a men’s singles match at the Bratislava Open, with Alexander Shevchenko winning the overall competition.

The player has said that the news of his suspension came as a surprise to him and “rejects” the claim that he intentionally ingested a banned substance and to gain an advantage. He released a statement saying: “From my youngest days, my parents taught me to be honest, both in sports and in life. I have always been the same, people who know me know very well how much I am cheating and lying. condemn.

“The news of the positive doping test shocked me. I categorically reject the idea that I purposely put something on the banned substance list. I take very few supplements and have not changed them in the last five years.

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“I have always approached training and swords fairly, because I thought that only with honesty can you become a real winner. However, I strongly condemn all prohibited methods of “correcting” sports results. This whole situation is incomprehensible to me because I have done dozens of tests in my entire career and I never suspected that the result would be negative every time.”

Martin, who once ranked 93rd in the world, regularly represents Slovakia at the Davis Cup, although he has no career titles to his name. He did reach the final of the Croatia Open in 2016, losing in straight sets to Fabio Fognini. In arguably the toughest match of his career, Martin played against Djokovic in the semi-finals of the 2021 Belgrade Open, who was seeded first in the tournament. Djokovic survived a scare by coming back from a 6-1 loss in the first set to take the next two sets, dropping just four games.

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Djokovic is still waiting on whether he can compete in the US Open later this month, and many are calling on President Joe Biden to relax travel restrictions on America so that the Wimbledon winner can participate. As it stands, no one can enter the country unless they are vaccinated.

Twenty-one time Grand Slam winner Djokovic has not been stung and is therefore hoping that the rules will change ahead of the tournament, revealing that he is preparing for the competition as if he is sure to show up. He wrote on his social media: “I’m preparing as if I may complete it while I wait to hear if there is room for me to travel to the US. Thumbs up.”

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