Bulgarian tennis player Dimitar Kutrovsky has been banned from the sport for two years.
His conviction? Doping. The 24-year-old tested positive for methylhexanemine at the SAP Open in February.
The ban began Feb. 14 and Kutrovsky will have to forfeit any points or prizes he won from that time. From the AP:
The ITF says "Mr. Kutrovsky asserted that the methylhexaneamine, for which he did not hold a valid therapeutic use exemption, had got into his system through his ingestion of the supplement Jack3d. He denied any intent to enhance his performance as a result of taking the Jack3d."
In 2010, American Wayne Odesnik began a two-year ban after he plead guilty to taking human-growth hormone or (HGH). From USA TODAY in 2010:
"I think the anti-doping we have in tennis is really strict," said 12th-ranked Croat Marin Cilic, citing the sport's whereabouts rule that requires them to provide testing authorities with their location for one hour 365 days per year.
"I don't think that a lot of players are doing it," said John Isner. "It's one bad apple that got caught."
A few said they are not losing sleep over it.
"That's not something that I sit at night worrying about too much," said former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia.
While doubts persist, some take solace in the fact that players are being caught.
"If people are doing it hopefully justice will prevail," said Robby Ginepri.