Robert Kendrick was banned from tennis for one year after testing postiive for methylhexaneamine at the French Open on May 22. Kendrick maintains that he took a capsule of Zija XM3 to combat jetlag, however, it was among the sport's list of banned substances. The 31-year-old American had his ban from the sport reduced to eight months, however he wanted to minimize it to just three months which would have allowed him to compete in the U.S. Open. He now has dropped to 110th in the WTA rankings after being ranked as high as 69th two years ago.
Kendrick has been supported on different levels by fellow players who feel the punishment was and is too harsh. Andy Murray wrote on Twitter that Kendrick "should not be banned," while his fellow American John Isner pushed for fans to join a Facebook group in support of dropping the ban.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has stated that the eight-month ban is appropriate to the degree of fault placed upon the player.