Will Jenson Brooksby prove he's no 'dope' in his doping fiasco?

Trying to heal from surgeries plus keeping in practice, being in tournaments is how Jenson Brooksby keeps busy. The miss of dope testing sessions has gotten him in the hotseat of the tribunal.

by GALE MOORMAN
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Will Jenson Brooksby prove he's no 'dope' in his doping fiasco?
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"I have never failed a drug test and I have never taken any substances that I was not allowed to take," Jenson Brooksby seriously proclaimed on being hit with an 18-month provisional suspension for missing 3 doping tests in 12 months.

Brooksby has had issues with his wrist for about two years, but the pain grew unbearable the second half of 2022. By the beginning of 2023, he had to stop competing. In March of this year, Brooksby underwent left wrist surgery and in May the right wrist done by the same doctor, Dr.

Steven Shin in Los Angeles. He had struggled to compete at the beginning of the new season 2023 but did play Auckland where he defeated three opponents and reached the semifinals. Playing against the Brit Cameron Norrie in the final was painstaking and not being able to hit a decent backhand Jenson lost the match in straight sets.

Matters seemed to had gotten worse for the 21-year-old before flying out to Melbourne to the 2022 Australian Open. Brooksby and his coach contracted COVID-19 and had to withdraw from the 'Happy Slam' "Hi everyone...unfortunately I have to withdraw from the Australian Open...my coach and I tested positive for COVID-19 this morning...I look forward to making my Aussie Open debut next year..." According to the anti-doping rules, a player can be hit with a provisional ban on the account of missing drug testing sessions even if they haven't come up positive.

Jenson has never been positive but these three misses whether just a slip of circumstances has landed him in the hole of being out from competitive play. The first and third misses was probably due to surgeries and playing or in rehab.

But what is frustratng to Brooksby and his team is that the doping control officer didn't even call his hotel room to contact him on being tested but dialed his cellphone. The debacle is stirred when Jenson's phone was on silent and the officer didn't get a clerk to call or call himself.

"We're focused on our efforts moving forward and appealing with the CAS (Court of Arbitration). But for now Jenson Brooksby is deep in a 18-month suspension with now healed and functioning wrists ready to carry on. He is set for competition but now isn't allowed to be anywhere near an opponent or tennis court.

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