Tennis - The French Anti-Doping Agency has suspended 34-year-old French player Alexandre Nicolau for one year for the use of cannabis and the International Tennis Federation has supported the decision, which means the French player will not be able to play in ITF events as well.
The ITF supported the decision in compliance with WADA regulations. Nicolau has played only one ITF Futures event in 2010 and has no world ranking. In its statement, the ITF commented, "The Tennis Anti-Doping Program applies to all players competing in Grand Slam tournaments and events coordinated by the ITF, ATP and WTA.
Players are tested for substances banned by WADA (...), and sanctions are imposed according to the requirements of the Anti-Doping Code." The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA.
Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code.