Nicolas Jarry can be back in the game in November.
The 24-year-old Chilean’s doping ban has been backdated, which will allow Jarry to return to tournament tennis on November 15th, 2020, the ITF announced.
Jarry has been suspended for a doping violation during the Davis Cup Finals in November. He submitted a urine sample containing banned substances Ligandrol and Stanozolol to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The power-based baseliner was charged with the violation on January 4th. He was provisionally suspended effective Tuesday, January 14th.
The ITF accepted Jarry’s explanation as to how the SARM LGD-4033 and stanozolol entered his system through contaminated vitamins and that he bore no significant fault or negligence for his violation. Jarry was entitled to have his period of ineligibility back-dated to start on the date of last occurrence of his violation.
This is Jarry’s first anti-doping rule violation.
Jarry must serve a period of ineligibility of eleven months. That period of ineligibility is back-dated to start on December 16th, 2019, and ending at midnight on November 15th, 2020.
Jarry said in a statement the decision proves the vitamins he took were the source of his failed test.
“Today, happy and with a clear conscience, I tell you that we were able to prove in the investigation carried out by the ITF, that the prohibited substances identified in the test, were originated in the Brazilian laboratory, which cross contaminated my vitamins,” Jarry said in a statement posted on Instagram. “Along with this, with great humility, I have accepted the 11 month sanction offered by the ITF which will make me eligible to compete in November.
“Extending these legal processes would only add more stress and uncertainty to my professional future.”
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