Robert Kendrick will appeal his 12-month ban from competition after testing positive for methylhexaneamine, and the American plans to release a statement on Monday. According to Tennis.com, Kendrick is meeting with lawyers to discuss next steps.
The International Tennis Federation suspended Kendrick from competition on Friday, following a positive test for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine at Roland Garros. Kendrick’s ban was back-dated to the day of the offense, meaning that the 31-year-old would be slated to be banned until May 22, 2012.
Kendrick claimed that he had taken a capsule of Zija XM3 for the purpose of combating jetlag, not for performance enhancement.
The ITF’s press release stated, “The International Tennis Federation announced today that Robert Kendrick has been found to have committed a Doping Offence under Article C.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in player’s sample).”
The press release went on to say that Kendrick had provided a sample on May 22, 2011 at the French Open, and after the sample had been sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal for analysis, it had been found to contain traces of methylhexaneamine.
The ITF explained in its press release, “The ITF accepted Mr Kendrick’s account of the circumstances surrounding his ingestion of methylhexaneamine, and accepted that he did not intend to enhance his performance. Under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, however, it is a player’s strict personal duty to ensure that no Prohibited Substance enters his body, whether as a prescription medication or otherwise, unless he holds a valid therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for such substance. Mr Kendrick did not hold a valid TUE.”
Although Kendrick argued for only a three-month suspension, the ITF noted that Kendrick had failed to note that he had taken the pill when filling out a form prior to his anti-doping test. The form was supposed to include any medication or supplements taken over the past week.
This omission did not sit well with the ITF, which noted that a veteran player such as Kendrick should have known the rules and that he appeared to have taken “an inappropriately relaxed approach to his doping responsibilities.”
On the day of his positive test, Kendrick lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four sets in the first round of the French Open. The ITF determined that the No. 105-ranked American would have his French Open results disqualified, forfeiting ranking points and prize money earned.
Kendrick, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 69 in the world in 2009, will appeal the ban and will likely release a statement on Monday.