The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) suspended 301st-ranked American tennis player Jenson Brooksby for 18 months.
Former World No. 33 tennis star Jenson won’t be able to return to the game until January 2025. The ban on him will be backdated to July 5, 2023, and end on Jan 4, 2025. ITIA suspended him when it found that Jenson had committed three whereabouts failures in twelve months.
Jenson has been subjected to an 18-month suspension after an independent tribunal found out that he missed three drug tests within a year.
ITIA stated that Jension has accepted his “whereabouts failures” for two missed tests. However, the Tribunal found him to be guilty of missing the third test.
According to anti-doping rules, there is a penalty for athletes without a positive test if they miss three “whereabouts failures” within a year.
Jenson Brooksby expresses disappointment at ITIA’s decision
The American tennis player Jenson Brooksby has never taken a banned drug in his life. He expressed his disappointment regarding ITIA’s decision in his Instagram post. He wrote that he understands that two of the missed tests were his fault. But he continued to maintain his missed test on June 4, 2023. It should be set aside.
Jenson explained that he was not aware that a doping control officer was looking for him that morning. His cell phone was also on silent when authorities called him. He emphasized that he didn’t receive a call to his hostel room. Moreover, he has the intention to make an appeal to the Arbitration Court for Sport as ITIA suspended Jenson Brooksby for 18 months.
The 22-year-old younger American Tennis player is optimistic about his future in tennis. He will be turning 23 tomorrow Oct 26, 2023. He has the highest ranking at 33rd number. And he is currently at 301 number after undergoing operations for dislocated wrist tendons this year.
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