Tennis player Viktor Troicki of Serbia, who rose to as high as No. 12 in the men’s world rankings in 2011 and reached the fourth round of this year’s French Open, was suspended for 18 months for refusing to provide a blood sample for a drug test.
Troicki, 27, currently is ranked 53rd in the world. He lost yesterday in the second round of a tournament in Umag, Croatia.
The International Tennis Federation announced the sanction yesterday in an e-mailed release and said Troicki will not be eligible to return to competition until Jan. 24, 2015.
The ITF said Troicki was selected to provide urine and blood samples on April 15 during a tournament in Monte Carlo. He provided the urine sample and refused to give blood because he did not feel well that day, the ITF said.