September 26, 2016

A Pair of First-time ATP Winners as Zverev Takes Down Wawrinka for St. Petersburg Crown and Pouille Wins Metz


Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

(September 25, 2016) The ATP World Tour saw two first-time winners on Sunday. US Open winner and top seed Stan Wawrinka lost to 19-year-old up-and-and-coming German Alexander Zverev in St. Petersburg, while Frenchman Lucas Pouille beat top seed and No. 10 in the world Dominic Thiem to win in Metz, France.

The third seeded Pouille is coming off a successful US Open where he beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round on his way to the quarterfinals for the first time, where he lost to fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils.

The 22-year-old Pouille, ranked 18th won 7-6 (5), 6-2 to claim the Moselle Open.


Louis Pouille

Louis Pouille


“I’m very happy with my week, Pouille said after the victory. “Winning a title is a big step, it’s an objective I wanted to achieve this year. It was a well-played final. We both played at a high level.”


Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem

“I think the first set was a pretty high level from both of us,” said the 23-year-old Austrian finalist. “I should have won the tie-break, but had an easy volley mistake. All in all, he was the better player and had more chances in my service games. He deserved to win today. I think he put pressure on me all the time and was serving really well.

“He’s had an amazing year, reaching the quarter-finals in the last two Grand Slam and semis in the Masters 1000 in Rome. I think we will see him in the Top 10 soon.”

Just two weeks after winning his first US Open title for his third major title, Stan Wawrinka fell victim to the rising 19-year-old Zverev 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Zverev snapped the Swiss’ 11 match winning streak in finals in winning his first title. The last time Wawrinka lost in a final was in 2013. The German became the first teenager to win an ATP World Tour title since 2008 when Marin Cilic won in New Haven.

“This victory is something special,” the German said. “I played all the finals well. I lost to Dominic Thiem on clay and I could have won against Florian Mayer on the grass… Now I’m very happy with the win, especially over such a great player like Stan.”

“In the third set I had the initiative and played slice to his left more. I tried to neutralize his massive backhand. I’m satisfied with the win.”

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

“We showed high-quality tennis,” said Wawrinka. “I was struggling in the third set. I had chances but I didn’t manage to convert them. He deserved the win.”

“He is a good player right now. He scored a couple of big wins over top players. It means he is really strong.”


Wozniacki Holds Off Osaka to Win Tokyo for First Title of 2016

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki


(September 25, 2016) Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki kept her streak of winning at least one tournament a year alive when she fended off a charge by Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday. Wozniacki also won the event in 2010.

Wozniacki, coming off having reached the US Open semifinals, has seen her ranking fall due to injuries this year, jumped out to a 5-0 first set lead, before Osaka fought back. She took a medical time out during the first set for a left leg injury which the Dane had taped.

Osaka was playing her first WTA final.

“I just fought for every point and tried to stay aggressive and make her move,” Wozniacki said. “She fought back in the second set so I was just happy to close it out.”

“Injuries happen and you never know when you can be taken out of the game, so I’m just enjoying every minute.”

“I’ve won a tournament every year since 2008 so I’m happy to keep that streak going,” Wozniacki said.

This was the Dane’s career 24th title win. She is currently 28th in the world.

Lara Arruabarrena

Lara Arruabarrena

In other WTA finals over the weekend, Lesia Tsurenko upset defending champion Jelena Jankovic at the Guangzhou Open for her first tour title while Lara Arruabarrena won the Korea Open over Monica Niculescu 6-0, 2-6, 6-0.


ATP and WTA Results

19 – 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Final

L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [2] J. Jankovic (SRB) 64 36 64

Doubles – Final

[4] A. Muhammad (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d [WC] O. Govortsova (BLR) / V. Lapko (BLR) 62 76(3)


17-25 SEPTEMBER,2016

Singles – Semifinals

[5] M. Niculescu (ROU) d [3] S. Zhang (CHN) 60 64
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d P. Tig (ROU) 61 62

Doubles – Semifinals

[2] K. Flipkens (BEL) / J. Larsson (SWE) d K. Lykina (RUS) / R. Sawayanagi (JPN) 62 62

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[5] M. Niculescu (ROU) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
Award Ceremony
A. Omae (JPN) / P. Plipuech (THA) vs [2] K. Flipkens (BEL) / J. Larsson (SWE)

17-25 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Semifinals

C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [2] A. Radwanska (POL) 46 75 64
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) d E. Svitolina (UKR) 16 63 62

Doubles – Final

[2] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 61 61

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) vs C. Wozniacki (DEN)


St. Petersburg


Singles – Semi-finals
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(8) 62
[5] A. Zverev (GER) d [3] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] D. Inglot (GBR) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d K. Kravchuk (RUS) / A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 60


CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[1] D. Inglot (GBR) / H. Kontinen (FIN) vs [PR] A. Begemann (GER) / L. Paes (IND)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [5] A. Zverev (GER)


Moselle Open

Metz, France



Singles – Semi-finals
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) d [4] G. Simon (FRA) 46 75 63
[3] L. Pouille (FRA) d [2] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(6) 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d C. Fleming (GBR) / S. Lipsky (USA) 76(4) 61


[3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) vs J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG)

3:45 pm
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [3] L. Pouille (FRA)


United States to Host Switzerland in First Round Of Davis Cup in February





USTA: WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 22, 2016 — The United States Davis Cup Team will host Switzerland in the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round, February 3-5, at a site to be determined. The International Tennis Federation announced the draw for the 2017 World Group today in London. Switzerland is seeded No. 5, while the United States is unseeded. The U.S. reached the World Group Quarterfinals this year, defeating Australia in Melbourne in March and falling to 2016 Davis Cup finalist Croatia in July in Portland, Ore.

The United States holds a 3-1 record over Switzerland in Davis Cup competition. The two countries last met in 2012, in a World Group First Round tie played in Fribourg, Switzerland, where the U.S. team of Mardy Fish, John Isner, Mike Bryan, and Ryan Harrison swept Switzerland, 5-0, with a Swiss team comprising of both Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.   

The United States will host back-to-back Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties next February, as the United States hosts Germany in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round, February 11-12. With these draws, there is the possibility of hosting both reigning US Open singles champions in the United States for Davis Cup and Fed Cup, as Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) and Angelique Kerber (Germany) are each their country’s top players, as well as five-time US Open champion Roger Federer.  

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition.  The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The United States holds a 216-70 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989.  Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to or Follow the U.S. Davis Cup Team on Twitter @USDavisCupTeam. For Fed Cup information, visit or Follow the U.S. Fed Cup Team on Twitter @USFedCupTeam.


Draws Made for 2017 Davis Cup



(September 22, 2016) The Draw for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas was held at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Thursday.


Individual draws were made for the 2017 World Group, Americas Zone Groups I and II, Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II.


The 2017 World Group dates are as follows:


World Group first round: 3-5 February

World Group quarterfinals: 7-9 April

World Group semifinals and play-offs: 15-17 September

World Group Final: 24-26 November


The 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Croatia and Argentina will take place in Croatia on 25-27 November, with the venue to be confirmed in due course.


2017 Draws


World Group


First round (3-5 February)


Argentina [s] [c] v Italy

Germany [c] v Belgium [s]

Australia [c] v Czech Republic [s]

USA [c] v Switzerland [s]

Japan [c] v France [s]

Canada [c] [*] v Great Britain [s]

Serbia [s] [c] v Russia

Croatia [s] [c] v Spain
Americas Zone Group I


First round (3-5 February)


Brazil [s] v Bye

Ecuador [c] v Peru

Winner of Barbados v Dominican Republic v Chile

Colombia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I


First round (3-5 February)


Kazakhstan [s] v Bye

Chinese Taipei [c] v China P.R.

Korea, Rep. [c] v Uzbekistan

India [s] [c] v New Zealand
Europe/Africa Zone Group I


First round (3-5 February)


Slovakia [s] v Bye

Hungary v Bye

Netherlands [s] Bye

Bosnia/Herzegovina [c] [*] [^] v Poland

Belarus [c] v Romania

Austria [s] v Bye

Winner of Israel v Sweden v Portugal

Ukraine [s] v Bye


Americas Zone Group II


First round (3-5 February)


Loser of Barbados v Dominican Republic [s] v Paraguay

Guatemala [c] v Mexico [s]

El Salvador [s] [c] v Bolivia

Bahamas [c] v Venezuela [s]
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II


First round (3-5 February)


Pakistan [s] [c] v Iran

Vietnam [s] [c] [*] v Hong Kong, China

Philippines [s] [c] v Indonesia

Kuwait [c] v Thailand [s]


Europe/Africa Zone Group II


First round (3-5 February)


Loser of Israel v Sweden [s] v Tunisia

Cyprus [c] [*] v Turkey [s]

Madagascar [c] [*] v Lithuania [s]

Georgia [c] [*] v Finland [s]

Latvia [s] [c] [*] v Norway

Denmark [s] [c] v Morocco

South Africa [s] [c] [*] v Estonia

Slovenia [s] [c] Monaco


[s] = Seeded nation

[c] = Choice of ground

[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot

[^] = Choice of ground reversed by Davis Cup Committee


The home nation is listed first for each tie.


Constant Lestienne Suspended and Fined for Gambling on Tennis



From the Tennis Integrity Unit: (September 21, 2016) French tennis player Constant Lestienne has been suspend for seven months and fined $10,000 after admitting to charges of betting on tennis.


Half of the period of ineligibility (3 months and 2 weeks) is suspended on condition that he commits no further offences under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).


$5,000 of the $10,000 fine will be considered paid in full providing Mr Lestienne gives assistance to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), which can include anti-corruption education for other players.


A TIU investigation secured evidence to confirm that between February 2012 and June 2015, he placed bets on 220 tennis matches through online accounts with Betclic and Pari Mutel Ubain.


The investigation was supported by information provided by the Autorité de Regulation des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL), the French online gambling regulator.


None of the bets placed involved matches in which Mr Lestienne was playing.


The case was referred to and considered by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer, Jane Mulcahy QC, who delivered the disciplinary Decision.


Mr Lestienne, 24, is currently ranked at a career-high 164 in singles.


Under the terms of the TACP all players and other Covered Persons are barred from betting on any tennis match. The offence falls under Section D.1.a – No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition.


The suspension applies with immediate effect and means the player is not allowed to compete in, or attend, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.


The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis. 


ITF Launches Next Phase of its International Team Competitions Strategy





21 September 2016


International Tennis Federation launches the next phase of its international team competitions strategy


The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced the next phase of its international team competitions strategy. With an emphasis on format changes to Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas at all levels of the competitions, this next phase will also look at innovative new ways to host both finals.


The next phase will include:


  • The launch of an open bid process to assess fixed host cities for the Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals – a model used by events including the UEFA Champions League Final, Superbowl and European Rugby Champions Cup;


  • Further steps towards the introduction of a 16-team World Group for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas via the introduction of a Final Four event;


  • A full industry consultation on scheduling alternatives for the 2020 season;


  • A review of current match formats used in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, particularly the current best-of- five-sets approach and scheduling requirements during the week;


  • An extensive feasibility study, by the newly created Davis & Fed Cup Taskforce, of format changes below World Group to better support and encourage involvement in both Davis and Fed Cup – particularly by developing tennis nations, and to further increase worldwide interest and viewership;


  • A full assessment of current staging options for host venues and cities;


  • A review of Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup including the potential benefits of introducing new age group events;


All recommendations will be put to the ITF AGM in August 2017 with all changes requiring a formal vote of approval.


The bidding process for National Associations and cities interested in hosting the Finals will begin in December 2016 with the decision on successful bids anticipated to be made in the summer of 2017.



Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas have enjoyed significant fan growth over the past two years. Fan attendance has risen to 700,000 spectators annually, with the 2014 Davis Cup Final in Lille attracting the largest ever attendance for a recognised tennis match of 27,448 spectators. Broadcast of both events has now reached 3.6 billion households across 156 territories and the ITF has grown its combined social media audience to 1 million worldwide.


The draw for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be made in London on Thursday 22 September. The final of the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held on 12-13 November at Rhenus Sport stadium in Strasbourg. The final of the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held on 25-27 November with the venue to be announced shortly.


Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 135 teams entered in 2016. The competition is 116 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and Betway (Official Betting Sponsor). beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on,,,, and


ATP – Metz and St. Petersburg Results


St. Petersburg Open


Singles – First Round
[Q] A. Sidorenko (FRA) d [6] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 75 62
D. Lajovic (SRB) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 26 63 62
P. Lorenzi (ITA) d [Q] M. Zverev (GER) 36 76(6) 60 – saved 2 M.P.
[Q] D. Medvedev (RUS) d [WC] A. Bublik (RUS) 64 60

Doubles – First Round
[1] D. Inglot (GBR) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d G. Duran (ARG) / M. Fyrstenberg (POL) 67(7) 76(2) 10-6
[2] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d R. Berankis (LTU) / G. Elias (POR) 46 63 10-4
K. Kravchuk (RUS) / A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [3] W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 57 64 10-5
[Alt] K. Khachanov (RUS) / L. Rosol (CZE) d [WC] A. Bublik (RUS) / E. Donskoy (RUS) 36 63 10-7
[WC] M. Elgin (RUS) / A. Kudryavtsev (RUS) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 75 75


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
[PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)
E. Donskoy (RUS) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs R. Berankis (LTU)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[Q] R. Albot (MDA) vs [8] J. Sousa (POR)
G. Elias (POR) vs [7] V. Troicki (SRB)
P. Lorenzi (ITA) / A. Mannarino (FRA) vs J. Marray (GBR) / A. Shamasdin (CAN)
After Suitable Rest – [PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) vs [PR] A. Begemann (GER) / L. Paes (IND)
P. Raja (IND) / D. Sharan (IND) vs [4] A. Molteni (ARG) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)

Moselle Open
Metz, France


Singles – First Round
[Q] V. Millot (FRA) d [7] B. Paire (FRA) 64 63
[Q] P. Gojowczyk (GER) d N. Almagro (ESP) 64 67(11) 63
[Q] N. Basilashvili (GEO) d [Q] G. Barrere (FRA) 57 75 62
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 57 62 61
D. Brown (GER) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
C. Fleming (GBR) / S. Lipsky (USA) d [WC] J. Melzer (AUT) / D. Thiem (AUT) 46 76(5) 10-8
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) d J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Seppi (ITA) 62 57 10-6
G. Kretschmer (GER) / J. Struff (GER) d K. Skupski (GBR) / N. Skupski (GBR) 16 75 10-6


J. Struff (GER) vs [WC] T. Robredo (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
[WC] J. Benneteau (FRA) vs D. Brown (GER)
[8] N. Mahut (FRA) vs [WC] Q. Halys (FRA)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [Q] P. Gojowczyk (GER)
[Q] N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
P. Herbert (FRA) vs I. Cervantes (ESP)
[3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) vs S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP)
M. Jaziri (TUN) vs I. Dodig (CRO)
J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) vs D. Brown (GER) / B. Paire (FRA)
[1] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA)


WTA – Guangzhou and Tokyo Results


19 – 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – First Round

[1] S. Errani (ITA) d X. Han (CHN) 46 75 76(8)
[2] J. Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] X. You (CHN) 62 61
A. Kontaveit (EST) d [7] K. Siniakova (CZE) 61 61
[WC] S. Peng (CHN) d [8] S. Zheng (CHN) 46 62 63
V. Golubic (SUI) d D. Allertova (CZE) 36 63 76(4)
N. Abduraimova (UZB) d [LL] C. Ferrando (ITA) 64 63
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [Q] J. Namigata (JPN) 64 61
O. Govortsova (BLR) d E. Kulichkova (RUS) 75 67(2) 64
[Q] S. Shapatava (GEO) d V. King (USA) 63 75
S. Lisicki (GER) d [LL] K. Ng (HKG) 62 60
R. Peterson (SWE) d [WC] S. Xu (CHN) 63 61

Doubles – First Round

[2] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d L. Marozava (BLR) / S. Shapatava (GEO) 63 61
J. Brady (USA) / A. Riske (USA) d Y. Li (CHN) / Y. Tanaka (JPN) 63 76(2)
V. Golubic (SUI) / I. Soylu (TUR) d X. You (CHN) / L. Zhu (CHN) 63 60
[WC] O. Govortsova (BLR) / V. Lapko (BLR) d N. Abduraimova (UZB) / F. Xun (CHN) 61 64

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[Q] S. Shapatava (GEO) vs [3] A. Konjuh (CRO)
[WC] S. Peng (CHN) vs S. Lisicki (GER)
R. Peterson (SWE) vs [2] J. Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] S. Errani (ITA) vs V. Golubic (SUI)
After suitable rest – J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [3] M. Hingis (SUI) / J. Jankovic (SRB)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
O. Govortsova (BLR) vs [5] A. Riske (USA)
[6] D. Kovinic (MNE) vs J. Brady (USA)
L. Zhu (CHN) vs A. Kontaveit (EST)
After suitable rest – [WC] O. Govortsova (BLR) / V. Lapko (BLR) vs [2] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm
N. Abduraimova (UZB) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)
[1] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / T. Maria (GER) vs C. Chan (TPE) / C. Hsu (TPE)

Not Before 4:00 pm
C. Liu (CHN) / J. Lu (CHN) vs X. Han (CHN) / J. Namigata (JPN)



17-25 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – First Round
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d [5] [WC] M. Keys (USA) 63 36 76(7) (saved 2mp)
[6] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d L. Safarova (CZE) 46 61 75
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d M. Brengle (USA) 63 63
[8] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d A. Petkovic (GER) 64 20 ret. (lower back injury)
A. Sevastova (LAT) d [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) 76(3) 63
E. Svitolina (UKR) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 63 64
[Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) d Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 36 63 63
[Q] M. Linette (POL) d [WC] O. Pervushina (RUS) 46 62 63
C. Wozniacki (DEN) d B. Bencic (SUI) 62 57 61
B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] V. Wongteanchai (THA) 61 61

Doubles – First Round
C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 16 64 10-5
[2] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d M. Doi (JPN) / K. Nara (JPN) 67(3) 75 10-8
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 64 64
S. Aoyama (JPN) / M. Ninomiya (JPN) d N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 76(2) 26 10-8

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
N. Melichar (USA) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) vs A. Rodionova (AUS) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs M. Puig (PUR)
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) vs [6] D. Cibulkova (SVK)

Not Before 5:00 pm
C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [4] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[3] R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE)
A. Petkovic (GER) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs A. Krunic (SRB) / J. Moore (AUS)
M. Kato (JPN) / Y. Xu (CHN) vs Alternate


Varvara Lepchenko Cleared After Positive Meldonium Tests


From the International Tennis Federation:


Tennis Anti-Doping Programme


20 September 2016 – London, ENGLAND


Decision in the case of Varvara Lepchenko


The International Tennis Federation announced today that Varvara Lepchenko has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”). It has been accepted by the ITF that Ms. Lepchenko bore no fault or negligence for the violation, and that any period of ineligibility that may otherwise have been imposed is eliminated.


Ms. Lepchenko, a 30-year-old American tennis player originally from Uzbekistan, provided samples on 7 January 2016 (In-Competition at the Brisbane International event) and 1 February, 1 March and 7 April 2016 (Out-of-Competition), all of which were found to contain meldonium at estimated concentrations of (respectively) 12,630 ng/mL, 931 ng/mL, 339 ng/mL and 29 ng/mL. Meldonium is a non-specified substance that was added to the WADA Prohibited List (in category S4.5) on 1 January 2016 and is therefore also prohibited under the Programme. Ms. Lepchenko was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme, and was provisionally suspended on 12 March 2016.


WADA issued a Meldonium Notice on 13 April 2016, following which Ms. Lepchenko made a successful application to the Chairman of the Independent Tribunal established to hear the case to have her provisional suspension lifted. This was on the grounds that the meldonium present in her samples came from a course of Mildronate tablets that she stopped taking on or around 20 December 2015. WADA published a second Meldonium Notice on 30 June 2016, on the basis of which WADA advised the ITF that the concentrations found in Ms. Lepchenko’s samples are consistent with her account of pre-1 January 2016 use.


Accordingly, it was accepted by the ITF that Ms. Lepchenko bore no fault or negligence for the violation, and that any period of ineligibility that may otherwise have been imposed is eliminated entirely under Programme Article 10.4. The results that Ms. Lepchenko obtained at the 2016 Brisbane International event are automatically disqualified pursuant to TADP Article 9.1 and TADP Article 9.2.1, and the points and prize money that she won are forfeit. This presence violation will be disregarded for sanctioning purposes in the event that Ms. Lepchenko commits any further anti-doping rule violation.


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