Lausanne -Croatia's Marin Cilic has had his suspension for doping reduced from
nine months to four by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the
International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Friday.
25, currently ranked 47th in the world, tested positive for the
stimulant nikethamide at the Munich Open in May and was banned by an
independent tribunal in September.
The ban was backdated to May 1, meaning he would have been able to return to action on February 1, 2014.
the CAS ruled the ban should run for four months from June 26, meaning
it now expires on Saturday, October 26, leaving Cilic free to compete in
the Paris Masters from next Monday.
Cilic will play in the
tournament, opening against a qualifier with a potential second round
clash against fourth seeded Juan Martin del Potro.
"The CAS has
partially upheld the appeal by Marin Cilic against the decision of the
independent tribunal dated 23 September 2013," the ITF announced.
CAS panel decided that the independent tribunal's decision be set
aside, and replaced with a period of ineligibility of four months, with
the start back-dated to 26 June 2013, the date on which Mr Cilic
accepted a voluntary provisional suspension. He thus will be eligible to
participate on 26 October 2013."
Cilic, a former world number
nine and 2010 Australian Open semi-finalist, provided a urine sample
during the Munich event and an accredited laboratory in Montreal found
it to contain nikethamide, which is on the WADA list of banned
He claimed he was unaware that Coramine tablets he
bought contained nikethamide, for which he did not hold a valid
Therapeutic Use Exemption.
"The substance in question originated
from a glucose tablet purchased at a pharmacy in France. Unbeknownst to
me, the glucose tablets contained a substance that is banned in
competition," Cilic said in a statement at the time.
"I wish to
emphasise that I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any banned
substances in my life and that I am opposed to any use of
performance-enhancing substances in sport."
Cilic, the winner of
nine titles in his career, has not played since Wimbledon where he
withdrew before his second round match citing an injury.