The case of Varvara Lepchenko could be the turning point in tennis. The American tennis player had been out of competition for two months, from March to May this year, because she'd taken Meldonium and had been serving a provisional suspension, and started competing again, from the Rome Open.
But the ITF did not release any statement about it, like with Marin Cilic, who'd withdrawn from Wimbledon 2013. This is because the ITF rules state that in case of players' not being found guilty of using such substances, their reports aren't announced publically.
However, it's up to the players if they want to publically declare about such suspension. But now the ITF wants to change this dynamic and there won't be silent bans anymore. 'I think we want to become as transparent as possible,' - ITF President David Haggerty told the Daily Telegraph. 'And that could mean making provisional suspensions known at the time.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see an announcement after Wimbledon, because I think there are ways we can take away mystery and supposition and make it more clear what may or may not be going on.' Why only after Wimbledon? Such a development has to be approved by ATP and WTA.
But the decision should be approved in all likelihood. ALSO READ: Bernard Tomic: ´I care about tennis, but if I had 100 milion´