Andrej Martin had played a final ATP played in Umag in 2016 against Fabio Fognini. After that defeat, Martin had no longer found a dimension in the ATP Tour, continuing to sail in Challengers and Futures, with still decent results, but he had nevertheless caught the Top-100 by reaching position number 93 in the ranking thanks to the excellent results obtained in the part.
start of 2020 on South American clay-courts. In Belgrade, in stage number two of the tournament that had marked the restart of the circus after the very long cause-covid stop, he had even snatched a set from a bruised Novak Djokovic before understandably surrendering to the third set.
The suspension of Andrej Martin: here are the reasons
The Slovak born in 1989 has been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency, according to article 7.12.1 of the Anti Doping Program. The player had been sent a notice of violation on 22 July for the presence of a sample of a prohibited substance and obviously for the use of the same without authorization from the authorized bodies.
Martin had been subjected to doping control during the Bratislava Challenger last June, where he had also lost in the first round quite clearly against Svircina. The unspecified substance found in sample A is SARM S-22. SARM indicates Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, while S-22 gives some benefits in muscle development.
The player was obviously given another possibility, that of requesting that sample B also be analyzed for confirmation or denial of the result. The ITIA press release obviously highlights another element in the final part.
Andrej Martin will not be able to participate during this suspension period in any event authorized, organized or sanctioned by the governing bodies of sport. His best ATP rankings were 93rd in singles, achieved in February 2020, and 69th in doubles in July 2016.
He made his debut in the Slovakian Davis Cup team in 2013 and represented his country at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. 2016. He boasts several titles won in the Challenger and ITF circuits in both singles and doubles. His best result in an ATP tournament was the final reached in July 2016 at the Croatia Open Umag in Umag, which he lost to Fabio Fognini.
Among juniors he reached the eighth position of the ITF ranking on 1 January 2007. Paired with compatriot Martin Kližan he reached the final of the junior doubles tournament at Wimbledon 2006.