September 27, 2016

Draws Made for 2017 Davis Cup

 

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(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

 

Key
[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.

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ITF Launches Next Phase of its International Team Competitions Strategy

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PRESS RELEASE

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 www.daviscup.com, www.copadavis.com, www.twitter.com/daviscup, www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis, www.Weibo.com/daviscupofficial and www.DavisCup.tv

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Varvara Lepchenko Cleared After Positive Meldonium Tests

 

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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.

 

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is a comprehensive and internationally recognised drug-testing programme that 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 in accordance with the requirements of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme and World Anti-Doping Code. More background information on the Programme, sanctions, tennis statistics and related information can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

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Seeds Announced for Draw for 2017 Davis Cup

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Seeds announced for Draw for 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas

 

(September 19, 2016) Argentina and Croatia head the seeds for the Draw for the World Group of the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which will take place at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Thursday 22 September at 13:00 local time (12:00 GMT). The Draw will be streamed live on www.daviscup.com

 

The draws for 2017 Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II will also take place on Thursday. The ITF will confirm on Tuesday whether the draws can be held for Americas Zone Groups I and II.

 

According to the Davis Cup Regulations, the two finalist nations are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the World Group for the following year, and will be drawn in opposite halves. Seeds 3-8 are in accordance with the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 19 September.

 

World Group

 

  1. Argentina
  2. Croatia
  3. Great Britain
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Switzerland
  6. France
  7. Belgium
  8. Serbia

 

The seeded nations will be drawn against the remaining World Group nations: Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and USA.

 

Seeds for the Zone Group I and Group II competitions are also based on the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking.

 

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

 

  1. Kazakhstan
  2. India

 

Remaining Nations: China P.R., Chinese Taipei, Korea Rep., New Zealand and Uzbekistan

 

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

 

  1. Pakistan
  2. Thailand
  3. Philippines
  4. Vietnam

 

Remaining Nations: Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Iran and Kuwait

 

Europe/Africa Zone Group I

  1. Slovakia
  2. Ukraine
  3. Netherlands
  4. Austria

 

Remaining Nations: Belarus, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Hungary, Winner of Israel v Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Romania

 

Europe/Africa Zone Group II

 

  1. Loser of Israel v Sweden
  2. Slovenia
  3. Lithuania
  4. Denmark
  5. Finland
  6. Latvia
  7. Turkey
  8. South Africa

 

Remaining Nations: Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Madagascar, Monaco, Morocco, Norway and Tunisia

 

The World Group dates for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas 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

 

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Davis Cup Results

DAVIS CUP - The World Cup of Tennis

17 September 2016

croatia edges closer to the final with doubles triumph
Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig engineered a thrilling win over Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to give Croatia a 2-1 lead over France in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal on Saturday.

With Cilic starting as a strong favourite against Richard Gasquet in Sunday’s opening reverse singles, the outcome of the absorbing doubles contest put the competition’s 2005 winners in a commanding position to reach their second final.

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murray brothers keep comeback hopes alive
Andy and Jamie Murray have given Great Britain hope that a comeback is on as the brothers claimed victory in the doubles to reduce Argentina’s lead to 2-1 in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals.

Around 19 hours after losing the longest match of his career, Andy returned to the Emirates Arena court, teaming up with his older brother to beat Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 61 36 64 64 in two hours and 55 minutes.

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Davis Cup Draws – 15 September 2016

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15 September 2016

MURRAY to face del potro in blockbuster opener
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas fans in Glasgow will be treated to a repeat of the Olympic final on Friday, with world No. 2 Andy Murray taking on Juan Martin del Potro in semifinal action.

Almost five weeks after their thrilling encounter in the final at the Rio Olympics, Murray and Del Potro will lock horns once again in a blockbuster start to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal between Great Britain and Argentina.

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injury-hit france to take on buoyant croatia in zadar
Croatia’s Borna Coric will take on France’s Richard Gasquet in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal at the Kresimir Cosic Hall in Zadar.

Former Davis Cup by BNP Paribas champions France will have a mountain to climb in their mouth-watering semifinal tie against hosts Croatia, who will be roared on by a passionate crowd in Zadar’s Kresimir Cosic arena.

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Nominations announced for Davis Cup World Group Semifinals, Play-offs and Zone Group Ties

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(September 6, 2016) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and Zone Group ties taking place on 16-18 September. A total of 18 ties will be held next week.

 

The draws for all ties will be held on Thursday 15 September.

 

The two semifinal winners will contest the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final on 25-27 November. The eight winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2017 World Group, while the eight losers will contest their respective Zone Group I competition in 2017. The Draw for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Thursday 22 September at 13:00 local time (12:00 GMT).


WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

GREAT BRITAIN v ARGENTINA

Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)

 

Great Britain

Andy Murray

Daniel Evans

Kyle Edmund

Jamie Murray

Captain: Leon Smith

 

Argentina

Federico Delbonis

Guido Pella

Leonardo Mayer

Juan Martin del Potro

Captain: Daniel Orsanic

 

CROATIA v FRANCE

Venue: Kresimir Cosic Hall, Zadar, CRO (hard – indoor)

 

Croatia

Marin Cilic

Borna Coric

Ivan Dodig

Marin Draganja

Captain: Zeljko Krajan

 

France

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Gael Monfils

Nicolas Mahut

Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Captain: Yannick Noah

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

UZBEKISTAN v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Olympic Tennis School, Tashkent, UZB (clay – outdoor)

 

Uzbekistan

Denis Istomin

Farrukh Dustov

Sanjar Fayziev

Jurabek Karimov

Captain: Petr Lebed

 

Switzerland

Henri Laaksonen

Adrien Bossel

Antoine Bellier

Johan Nikles

Captain: Severin Luthi

 

BELGIUM v BRAZIL

Venue: Sleuyter Arena, Ostend, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

Belgium

David Goffin

Steve Darcis

Ruben Bemelmans

Joris de Loore

Captain: Johan van Herck

 

Brazil

Thomaz Bellucci

Thiago Monteiro

Marcelo Melo

Bruno Soares

Captain: Joao Zwetsch

 

AUSTRALIA v SLOVAKIA

Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, Sydney, AUS (grass – outdoor)

 

Australia

Nick Kyrgios

Bernard Tomic

Sam Groth

John Peers

Captain: Lleyton Hewitt

 

Slovakia

Martin Klizan

Lukas Lacko

Andrej Martin

Igor Zelenay

Captain: Miloslav Mecir

 

CANADA v CHILE

Venue: Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Canada

Vasek Pospisil

Frank Dancevic

Denis Shapovalov

Daniel Nestor

Captain: Martin Laurendeau

 

Chile

Gonzalo Lama

Christian Garin

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo

Nicolas Jarry

Captain: Nicolas Massu

 

RUSSIA v KAZAKHSTAN

Venue: National Tennis Center, Moscow, RUS (hard – outdoor)

 

Russia

Andrey Kuznetsov

Evgeny Donskoy

Konstantin Kravchuk

Andrey Rublev

Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

 

Kazakhstan

Mikhail Kukushkin

Andrey Golubev

Aleksandr Nedovyesov

Dmitry Popko

Captain: Dias Doskarayev

 

INDIA v SPAIN

Venue: R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, IND (hard – outdoor)

 

India

Saketh Myneni

Ramkumar Ramanathan

Rohan Bopanna

Leander Paes

Captain: Anand Amritraj

 

Spain

Rafael Nadal

David Ferrer

Feliciano Lopez

Marc Lopez

Captain: Conchita Martinez

 

GERMANY v POLAND

Venue: Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, GER (clay – outdoor)

 

Germany

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Florian Mayer

Jan-Lennard Struff

Daniel Brands

Captain: Michael Kohlmann

 

Poland

Kamil Majchrzak

Hubert Hurkacz

Lukasz Kubot

Marcin Matkowski

Captain: Radoslaw Szymanik

 

JAPAN v UKRAINE

Venue: Utsubo Tennis Center, Osaka, JPN (hard – outdoor)

 

Japan

Kei Nishikori

Yuichi Sugita

Yoshihito Nishioka

Taro Daniel

Captain: Minoru Ueda

 

Ukraine

Illya Marchenko

Sergiy Stakhovsky

Artem Smirnov

Danylo Kalenichenko

Captain: Mikhail Filima

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

SWEDEN v NETHERLANDS

Venue: Bastad Tennis Stadium, Bastad, SWE (clay – outdoor)

 

Sweden

Elias Ymer

Isak Arvidsson

Fred Simonsson

Mikael Ymer

Captain: Fredrik Rosengren

 

Netherlands

Robin Haase

Thiemo de Bakker

Tim Van Rijthoven

Jean-Julien Rojer

Captain: Jan Siemerink

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND RELEGATION PLAY-OFF

 

PORTUGAL v SLOVENIA

Venue: Clube de Tenis de Viana, Viana do Castelo, POR (clay – outdoor)

 

Portugal

Joao Sousa

Gastao Elias

Pedro Sousa

Frederico Ferreira Silva

Captain: Nuno Marques

 

Slovenia

Grega Zemlja

Tomislav Ternar

Tom Kocevar-Desman

Sven Lah

Captain: Blaz Trupej

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND RELEGATION PLAY-OFF

 

NEW ZEALAND v PAKISTAN

Venue: Z Energy Wilding Park Tennis Centre, Christchurch, NZL (hard – indoor)

 

New Zealand

Finn Tearney

Jose Statham

Michael Venus

Marcus Daniell

Captain: Alistair Hunt

 

Pakistan

Mohammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar

Samir Iftikhar

Aisam Qureshi

Playing Captain: Aqeel Khan

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC v COLOMBIA

Venue: Centro Español Inc, Santiago de los Caballeros, DOM (clay – outdoor)

 

Dominican Republic

Victor Estrella Burgos

Jose Hernandez-Fernandez

Roberto Cid Subervi

Nick Hardt

Captain: Rafael Moreno

 

Colombia

Santiago Giraldo

Alejandro Gonzalez

Eduardo Struvay

Robert Farah

Captain: Pablo Gonzalez

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

LITHUANIA v BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA

Venue: Siemens Arena, Vilnius, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Lithuania

Laurynas Grigelis

Lukas Mugevicius

Tadas Babelis

Tomas Vaise

Captain: Rimvydas Mugevicius

 

Bosnia/Herzegovina

Damir Dzumhur

Mirza Basic

Tomislav Brkic

Nerman Fatic

Captain: Aljosa Piric

 

BELARUS v DENMARK

Venue: Republic Olympic Training Center, Minsk, BLR (hard – outdoor)

 

Belarus

Ilya Ivashka

Egor Gerasimov

Yaraslau Shyla

Max Mirnyi

Captain: Vladimir Voltchkov

 

Denmark

Frederik Nielsen

Benjamin Hannestad

Thomas Kromann

Andreas Bjerrehus

Captain: Kenneth Carlsen

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

THAILAND v CHINESE TAIPEI

Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

 

Thailand

Kittipong Wachiramanowong

Pruchya Isarow

Sanchai Ratiwatana

Sonchat Ratiwatana

Captain: Virat Baerrohim

 

Chinese Taipei

Yang Tsung-Hua
Lee Kuan-Yi
Hung Jui-Chen
Wang Chieh-Fu
Captain: Chiang Jinn-Yen

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

VENEZUELA v PERU

Venue: Cancha Central, Barcelona, VEN (hard – outdoor)

 

Venezuela

Ricardo Rodriguez

Luis David Martinez

Jordi Munoz-Abreu

Roberto Maytin

Captain: Jose de Armas

 

Peru

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Maria Sharapova Suspended for Two Years for Testing Positive for Meldonium

 

(June 8, 2016) Maria Sharapova has been suspended from tennis for two years for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. Sharapova said she will appeal the ruling by an independent three-person panel appointed by the International Tennis Federation.

Sharapova was initially provisionally suspended by the ITF in March after she announced that she failed a doping test at the Australian Open.

Below is the press release from the ITF about the decision, a PDF of the decision itself,  a statement from WADA, Sharapova’s statement on her Facebook page and a statement from the WTA tour.

 

 

ITF

From the International Tennis Federation: 8 June 2016 – London, ENGLAND

Decision in the case of Maria Sharapova

An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2016 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”) has found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and as a consequence has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two years, commencing on 26 January 2016.

 

Ms. Sharapova, a 29-year-old player from Russia, provided a urine sample on 26 January 2016, after her quarterfinal match at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain meldonium, which is a metabolic modulator that is included under section S4 (Hormone and Metabolic Modulators) of the 2016 WADA Prohibited List, and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme.

 

On 2 March 2016, Ms. Sharapova was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample). She promptly admitted that she had committed the Anti-Doping Rule Violation charged, and asked for a hearing before an Independent Tribunal in accordance with Article 8 of the Programme to determine the consequences to be imposed on her for that violation.

 

At a two-day hearing on 18-19 May 2016, the Independent Tribunal received evidence and heard legal arguments from both parties, and subsequently issued a reasoned decision on 8 June, which is available at www.itftennis.com/antidoping. The Independent Tribunal determined that (1) Ms. Sharapova should serve a period of ineligibility of two years; (2) due to her prompt admission of her violation, that period of ineligibility should be back-dated under Article 10.10.3(b) of the Programme to commence from 26 January 2016 (the date of sample collection) and so should end at midnight on 25 January 2018; and (3) her results at the 2016 Australian Open should be disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and prize money that she won at that event.

 

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. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

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WADA statement regarding Maria Sharapova case

WADA acknowledges the decision issued today by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Independent Tribunal which found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium, and that, as a consequence, a period of ineligibility of two (2) years has been imposed, commencing on 26 January 2016.

As with all decisions made by Anti-Doping Organizations, WADA will review the decision, including its reasoning, and will subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

 

Sharapova

Maria Sharapova’s statement on decision from her Facebook page:

Today with their decision of a two year suspension, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional. The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance. The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not. You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me for four years – the required suspension for an intentional violation — and the tribunal rejected the ITF’s position.

While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension. The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

I have missed playing tennis and I have missed my amazing fans, who are the best and most loyal fans in the world. I have read your letters. I have read your social media posts and your love and support has gotten me through these tough days. I intend to stand for what I believe is right and that’s why I will fight to be back on the tennis court as soon as possible.

Love Maria

P.S. My lawyer prepared a short summary of how the ITF process works so I thought I would pass it along to my fans so you too can be aware of what the ITF rules call for

 

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WTA Issues Statement on ITF Ruling for Maria SharapovaWTA Statement:  Steve Simon, WTA CEO, in response to today’s ITF ruling in the Sharapova case:

“It is important at all times for players to be aware of the rules and to follow them.  In this case, Maria has taken responsibility for her mistake from the outset.  The WTA supports the process that the ITF and Maria have followed. The ITF has made its ruling and, under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, the decision may be appealed to the Court Arbitration for Sport. The WTA will continue to follow this closely and we hope it will be resolved as soon as possible.”

 

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Denis Pitner Found Guilty of Offenses under Code of Conduct for Officials

 

(April 20, 2016) The International Tennis Federation announced today that tennis official Denis Pitner, of Croatia, has had his ITF officiating certification suspended for a period of ten years after being found guilty of offences under the Code of Conduct for Officials.

 

Mr Pitner was found guilty by an ITF Disciplinary Panel of the following charges, laid under the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Code of Conduct for Officials, contrary to Articles A13 and B1 of the 2015 Code and Articles A14 and B1 of the 2016 Code:

 

  • Failure to notify the United States Tennis Association of the suspension of his White Badge certification;

 

  • Misrepresentation to the Qatar Tennis Federation that he held a current White Badge certification in his application to officiate at the 2016 Qatar Open;

 

  • Receipt of payment for officiating at the 2016 Qatar Open at the rate applicable for a White Badge official;

 

  • Misrepresentation to the Lawn Tennis Association that he held a current White Badge certification in his application to officiate at The Championships Wimbledon;

 

  • Failure to report the violations set out above.

 

The ITF Disciplinary Panel noted that Mr Pitner had previously had his White Badge and Chair Umpire Certification suspended for the period 1 August 2015 until 31 July 2016, and these further violations of the Code had all occurred within a period of six months from the suspension of his White Badge.

 

The Panel determined that Mr Pitner would have his ITF officiating certification suspended for ten years with immediate effect, which means that that he is unable to officiate at Grand Slam tournaments and events organised or sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and ITF until 19 April 2026.

 

The Code of Conduct for Officials applies to all Certified Officials working at ATP, Grand Slam, ITF and WTA events. The current Code is listed under the under the ITF Duties and Procedures for Officials and can be viewed online here

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ITF Confirms Schedule for 2017 Davis Cup and Fed Cup

 

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(March 14, 2016) The ITF today confirmed the schedule for the 2017 Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. These are the regular dates for both competitions in a year with a short summer, when there is one less week in the summer tennis calendar.

 

2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas

 

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

 

2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

 

World Group and World Group II first round: 11-12 February

World Group semifinals, World Group/World Group II play-offs: 22-23 April

World Group Final: 11-12 November

 

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