Jenson Brooksby has announced that he has accepted a provisional suspension handed to him by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) but noted he does not feel guilty for what he is accused of. According to Brooksby, the ITIA claims that he missed three doping tests in a 12-month period.
Under the ITIA rules, a player can be penalized without a failed doping test if he misses three doping tests in a 12-month period. Brooksby, who hasn't played since the Australian Open, had two surgeries in recent months. Brooksby plans to appeal the suspension as he believes he has evidence that will clear his name.
Brooksby announces he accepted a provisional suspension
"As of July 5th, 2023, I will be accepting a provisional suspension due to an allegation of three missed tests in a 12-month period. The provisional suspension is not an admission that I have done anything wrong; to the contrary, I have denied this charge and am waiting for an arbitration with an independent tribunal.
The protocols of the anti-doping program are in place to protect the integrity of our sport, and I respect and support these protocols. I have never failed a drug test, and I have never taken any substances that I was not allowed to take.
I have been tested numerous times, including 3 times after surgery in March 2023. One of the alleged missed tests occurred on June 4th, 2022, in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 2 days before the start of the ATP 250 in -'s-Hertogenbosch.
At the time of that test attempt, I was at the official tournament hotel where I said I would be, and in my hotel room, and the time that I had said I would be there. I look forward to providing all the evidence and explaining what happened to an independent panel of arbitrators.
This year has been filled with tremendous adversity and I am looking forward to putting all this behind me and getting back on tour," Brooksby said in a statement posted on his Instagram. It remains to be seen if Brooksby can clear his name and return to action in the near future.
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