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Kendrick given 1-year ban from tennis

July 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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LONDON, July 29 (UPI) -- U.S. tennis player Robert Kendrick has been suspended for one year due to a positive test for a banned stimulant, international tennis officials said Friday.

Kendrick, a 31-year-old ranked No. 105 in the world, tested positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine during the French Open. He admitted taking the substance but said it was in a capsule he took to fight jet lag and he wasn't seeking a performance advantage.

Kendrick lost his first-round match in Paris.

The International Tennis Federation accepted Kendrick's explanation but said a player is responsible for any substance he consumes. Kendrick will be banned from competition until May 21, 2012.

Kendrick has been ranked as high as 69th in his career. A professional since 2000, he's never won an ATP tournament and never advanced beyond the second round of a Grand Slam event.

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