Russian teenager banned from tennis for nine months following anti-doping breach
The Russian tennis federation has banned former player Aleksandr Dolgopolov for nine months for his anti-doping breach. The Federation said he had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol and for the natural stimulant piracetam, as well as the stimulant Modafinil.
Dolgopolov also had a suspicious blood test for the steroid Metamucil. After the tests, the Russian Fed was asked to review the test results and he admitted to having two tablets of Modafinil, the substance which is banned in Russia.
“It was an anti-doping violation of the most serious nature, which did harm to the health of the player and the credibility of Russian tennis. The player has already apologized to his fans. The Federation would like to remind once again: it is not allowed to make use of doping products in the sport, including medicinal products,” the Russian Fed said.
Dolgopolov was banned until the end of the 2017-2018 season. Dolgopolov played in the first rounds of Moscow, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Stuttgart, but was eliminated in the first three.