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  | By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced that Robert Kendrick has been found to have committed a doping violation under Article C.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program (presence of a prohibited substance in player’s sample) and has been suspended from participation for one year. Kendrick of the United States, provided a sample to the ITF on May 22nd at the French Open. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis and was found to contain methylhexaneamine, a stimulant. Methylhexaneamine is considered a prohibited substance under Section S6 of the 2010 WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods, and is also prohibited under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program.

Kendrick claimed the methylhexaneamine was in his system through his ingestion of a capsule of Zija XM3, which he took to combat jetlag. He denied any intent to enhance his performance as a result of taking the substance. The ITF accepted 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 Program, however, it is a player’s strict personal duty to ensure that no prohibited substance enters the body, whether as a prescription medication or otherwise, unless he holds a valid therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for such substance.

The ITf tribunal that handed down the one year suspension, which expires May 21, 2012, also determined that Kendrick’s results at the 2011 French Open should be disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of any ranking points and prize money earned that the event.

The Tennis Anti-Doping Program is a comprehensive and internationally recognized drug-testing programme that applies to all players competing at tournaments sanctioned by the ITF, ATP World Tour, and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that a Doping Offence has been committed, sanctions are imposed in accordance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code.