Onward and Upward: Jenson Brooksby's Road to Redemption Begins

Jenson Brooksby is clear to play from March 4 following a suspension

by Jovica Ilic
Onward and Upward: Jenson Brooksby's Road to Redemption Begins
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The 23-year-old Jenson Brooksby has reached an agreement with the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), resulting in a reduction of his suspension. Consequently, the American will be eligible to return to the ATP Tour on March 4th.

This development grants unranked Brooksby enough time to pursue a wild card entry for the Indian Wells Masters after previously being suspended for 18 months, starting from October 2023. Brooksby's suspension stemmed from missing three anti-doping tests within a year, prompting an appeal where he vehemently denied any use of banned substances.

While acknowledging the validity of the first and third missed tests, Jenson contested the second, leading to a protracted dispute.

Jenson Brooksby, Australian Open 2023© Mark Kolbe / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Brooksby's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland ultimately succeeded, granting him clearance to resume his tennis career.

The young American should have stayed away from the court until January 4, 2025. The recent revelation of new information prompted a reassessment of Brooksby's culpability for the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) by the ITIA.

The ITAI consulted with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and decided that Brooksby's degree of fault for the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) should be reassessed. The date of Jenson's suspension was backdated to the time of his third missed test, effectively ending his suspension and allowing him to return to the court from March onwards.

Jenson Brooksby is clear to continue his career on March 4.

Brooksby will have to find a new coach soon, splitting with Joseph Gilbert after last year's Australian Open, his most recent tournament. Jenson cracked the top-35 but had been dealing with injuries before his suspension.

The American underwent arthroscopic left wrist surgery in March last year and embraced another on his right wrist in May. Brooksby had been struggling with his wrists for two years, feeling an increased pain in the second part of 2022 and needing to stop after two tournaments of the previous season.

Jenson has yet to win an ATP title, losing three finals at home in the USA in Newport, Dallas, and Atlanta.

Jenson Brooksby, Australian Open 2023© Mark Kolbe / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Brooksby kicked off the 2023 season ranked 48th, reaching the semi-final in Auckland and falling to Cameron Norrie.

The American stunned Casper Ruud in the Australian Open second round, notching a massive triumph before falling to Tommy Paul in the next round, struggling with wrist pain. Jenson will make a fresh start in a couple of weeks, most probably in Indian Wells, eager to return to the ATP ranking list and start another journey toward the top, especially if he remains injury-free.

"It gives me tremendous joy and relief to return to doing what I love. The last 13 months have been exhausting and a nightmare I do not wish on anyone," Jenson Brooksby said.

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