Sport’s top court reduced tennis player Viktor Troicki’s doping suspension by six months after the judges decided the Serb didn’t purposely fail to provide a blood sample at a tournament in April.
The International Tennis Federation suspended the 27-year-old for 18 months in July, saying he refused to give a blood sample during the Monte Carlo Masters event because he was feeling unwell.
Troicki, who did provide a urine sample, appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in August. He said his failure to provide blood was neither intentional nor negligent. His suspension was reduced to 12 months.
The Lausanne, Switzerland-based CAS ruled that although missing the blood test was still an offense, there was “no suggestion that Mr. Troicki intended to evade the detection of a banned substance in his system.”
The Serb will be permitted to return to the tour on July 15 next year, which means he’ll miss the first three Grand Slams.
Troicki 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. He was ranked 53rd when the ITF suspended him.