US tennis participant Jenson Brooksby has been banned for 18 months after lacking three drug assessments in a 12-month window, the Worldwide Tennis Integrity Company mentioned in a press release on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old from California, who reached a profession excessive world rating of thirty third in 2022, can be eligible to return to competitors in January 2025.
The ITIA mentioned in a press release Brooksby’s suspension had been confirmed following a gathering on October 10 involving the participant and witnesses together with a doping management officer.
Brooksby admitted lacking the primary and third drug assessments, however had challenged the validity of the second take a look at he was judged to have missed.
Nevertheless the tribunal dismissed his arguments and imposed an 18-month sanction.
“Having considered the evidence, the tribunal found that Brooksby’s degree of fault for the missed test was high,” the ITIA mentioned in a press release.
The panel mentioned a doping management officer who tried to hold out the second take a look at had taken “all reasonable steps” to find Brooksby on the time.
“The whereabouts programme is a vital tool in maintaining a clean sport and no-one wants players to fall foul of the rules in this way,” ITIA chief government Karen Moorhouse mentioned in a press release.
“We urge all players to take the necessary steps to ensure that they are meticulous with their whereabouts filings.”
Brooksby indicated he deliberate to enchantment the suspension, vowing to “keep fighting” in a submit on Instagram after his punishment was introduced.
“I have never taken a banned substance in my life, and I was open and honest with the ITIA throughout my case,” Brooksby mentioned.
“I accepted that two of my missed tests were my fault, but I continue to maintain that my June 4, 2022 missed test should be set aside.”
Brooksby mentioned the doping management officer had arrived at his lodge on June 4 to be advised that he had not checked in.
In truth, Brooksby’s room had been booked within the identify of his physio at the moment.
He mentioned that whereas requested his lodge so as to add his identify to the reservation a number of days earlier than June 4, employees advised the doping management officer he had not checked in.
Brooksby mentioned that the doping officer known as his cellphone at 6.56am — however he had not heard the decision as a result of it was switched to silent.
“Had the doping control officer called my hotel room even once, I would have for sure been tested because I was awake and had nothing to hide,” he wrote.