Tennis: Croatian tennis player Cilic faked injury to disguise doping ban, says ITF
LONDON (AFP) - Croatia's Marin Cilic pulled out of this year's Wimbledon Championships with a knee injury in order to avoid the "adverse publicity" from a failed drugs test, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced Tuesday.
Cilic was banned for nine months last week for testing positive for a banned supplement and Tuesday saw the ITF's independent anti-doping tribunal publish the full findings of his case.
The No. 10 seed at Wimbledon, having lost in the final of the Queen's grasscourt warm-up tournament in London to Britain's Andy Murray, pulled out of his Grand Slam match against France's Kenny de Schepper on June 26 having accepted a provisional suspension for a positive test.
However, he cited a knee injury as the reason and with seven players in all withdrawing there was speculation the hardness of Wimbledon's courts was behind the unusual number of injury-enforced pull-outs.