Swedish tennis player suspended for a year and a half after missing three doping tests: “My conscience is clear”

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Mikael Ymer has been suspended for eighteen months for failing to report his whereabouts, says the international sports tribunal CAS. The 24-year-old Swedish number 51 on the ATP ranking made three mistakes during a twelve-month period. The so-called whereabouts are necessary for any doping controls outside competitions.

Jens Heylen, De Telegraaf

The international tennis federation ITF had gone to the CAS after an independent tribunal had previously acquitted Ymer. The CAS then ruled that the player had failed to fulfill his obligations in April 2021, August 2021 and November 2021. Ymer accepted the first two dates, but himself felt that there was no negligence on the last occasion.

He therefore believes that he is innocent and that the sanction is “unjust”. “I understand that these rules exist to protect the integrity of tennis, but my conscience is clear. God is my witness,” says the Swede.

Ymer recently reached the third round at Wimbledon. Now that he is suspended, she has now withdrawn from the clay court tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland.

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