He looked to have reconciled himself to the work ethic demanded by elite tennis, to the extent that he reached the fourth round of January’s Australian Open.
A doctor representing Evans and an expert from the International Tennis Federation, Professor Martial Saugy, agreed that this would have been enough to contaminate the tablets to the extent that 1-3mg of cocaine — described as a ‘tiny amount’ — showed up in his sample.‘On this basis the ITF accepts that Mr Evans has met his burden of proving on the balance of probabilities how the cocaine got into his system, i.e by inadvertent contamination of his fingers and/or the medication he was handling with cocaine residue.’There is an acceptance that cocaine, described as a ‘non-specified substance’ on the prohibited list, was not taken to help him win matches.‘It follows that Mr Evans can, in any event, establish “no significant fault or negligence” because the cocaine was used in a context unrelated to sports performance,’ says the report.
Her failure to spot that Meldonium had become illegal at the end of 2015 was blamed on the break-up of her agent's marriage.
He doesn't understand that tennis has to be his priority.
For him, it's just a brief interlude in his life.'Tuesday’s ruling formally confiscated the £90,000 of prize money he earned between Barcelona and the grass court Surbiton Challenger, the last event before his public admission.
The 19-year-old Cibulkova is not the first tennis player Monfils has been linked to, before the cute Slovakian there was Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.
A strenuous gym session following her second-round defeat at Wimbledon 2016 made Elina Svitolina lucky in love, as the WTA world No.3 met her now-long-time boyfriend Reece Topley, a fellow athlete, albeit in the sport the Ukrainian had known absolutely nothing about.That sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency ('WADA') accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain cocaine and its metabolite. Evans at the Barcelona event and in subsequent competitions are disqualified.Cocaine is a Non-Specified substance prohibited under category S6 of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List (stimulants), and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme. Evans was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player's Sample), and was Provisionally Suspended with effect from 26 June 2017. The first was his prompt admission of guilt, and the second his acquiescence to an ‘agreed outcome’ with no recourse to appeal, rather than going to a ‘disputed hearing’.The sentence could be viewed as tennis again being lenient.Also, Monfils was spotted in Cibulkova’s box during her singles match against third seed Jelena Jankovic at Roland Garros.