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American Jenson Brooksby has doping ban reduced

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American tennis player Jenson Brooksby's suspension for missing three doping tests will end on March 3, 10 months earlier than the original date, the International Tennis Integrity Agency said Thursday.

The ITIA said it reached an agreement with Brooksby to reduce the ban from 18 months to 13 and backdate it to when his third missed test happened.

“It gives me tremendous joy, and relief, that I can get back to doing what I love,” Brooksby said. “The last 13 months have been exhausting, and a nightmare I don’t wish on anyone.”

The ITIA said in October that Brooksby was banned until January 2025 after an independent tribunal determined he missed three drug tests in the span of a year. The ITIA said Brooksby accepted that his “whereabouts failures” for two of the missed tests “were valid” and the tribunal found his degree of fault for the other test “was high.”

Under antidoping rules, athletes can be penalized without a positive test if they have three “whereabout failures” within 12 months.

The agreement to cut the suspension came after “new information relating to the circumstances giving rise to the missed tests" was submitted as part of Brooksby's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

The 23-year-old Brooksby, who is from California and is now based in Texas, has been ranked as high as No. 33. His last match on tour came at the Australian Open in January 2023, when he eliminated No. 2 seed Casper Ruud in the second round. The American went through most of that season without competing because he needed two operations for dislocated wrist tendons: on his left arm in March, and on his right in May.


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