Wimbledon: Marin Cilic faked knee injury after failing doping test
Last Updated: September 24, 2013 1:19pm
Marin Cilic: Sought to avoid adverse publicity of failed drugs test
The International Tennis Federation has revealed Marin Cilic pulled out of Wimbledon by faking a knee injury to avoid the 'adverse publicity' of a failed drugs test.
Cilic was banned for nine months last week after testing positive for banned supplement nikethamide, having taken Coramine glucose tablets bought over the counter in Monte Carlo.
The Croatian player, 10th seed at Wimbledon, withdrew from his second round clash with Kenny de Schepper blaming the hard courts in London that had already seen a number of other players pull out.
Findings from the tribunal stated: "He (Cilic) played and won his first round match at Wimbledon on 24 June. He has not played in a competitive match since.
"On June 26, his lawyers in Brussels responded on his behalf, voluntarily accepting a provisional suspension until a decision in the case, and waiving his right to analysis of the B sample. He withdrew from Wimbledon, citing a knee injury to avoid adverse publicity."
Cilic has already stated his desire to appeal against the sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).