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Viktor Troicki Returns After Year-Long Suspension


Serbia's Viktor Troicki returns to tennis after serving a year-long suspension for skipping a blood test.

A former top 20 player, Troicki declined taking a blood test at Monte Carlo last year on the grounds he felt unwell. Troicki claimed an anti-doping representative told him it was acceptable to do so and Troicki later provided a urine sample.

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As a result, the ITF originally gave Troicki an 18-month ban. The Court of Arbitration for Sport later reduced that to 12 months.

"I worked my entire life for it, and it has been taken away from me in one afternoon by a doctor I didn't know," Troicki said after the ruling.

Troicki, in a new interview with Serbian media, revealed he is hoping to receive a wildcard into next week's Gstaad event. He then plans to compete in several Italian challengers.

Now ranked No. 842 in the world, Troicki aims to make up for lost time away from the courts.

"From the wish to show that they were wrong to suspend me, to the hope of proving to myself that I can do even better than before, above all, a desire to make up for lost time… All of these emotions and much more will be present," Troicki said.

Troicki credits fellow Davis Cup teammate Novak Djokovic with supporting him through his suspension. That included training with Djokovic at tournaments in Dubai, Miami and Monte Carlo.

The Serb reached a career high ranking of No. 12 back in 2011. His goal for this season is to reach the top 100 again.

Posted: 7/14/2014 5:51:59 PM