By Erik Gudris / Friday, October 25, 2013
The ITF agreed to lift the recent ban on Marin Cilic that will allow the Croatian to return to full competition next week.
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Croatia's Marin Cilic will return to tennis after serving a four-month suspension for having ingested a banned substance by mistake.
In a statement from the International Tennis Federation (ITF), it was announced that the Court of Arbitration (CAS) had partially upheld the appeal by Cilic on his voluntary provisional suspension.
Though an independent decision panel suspended Cilic until the end of January 2014, the CAS ordered that Cilic's suspension be lifted after four months. That allows Cilic to resume competition on the ATP Tour starting next week.
The ranking points and prize money Cilic earned at the BMW Open in Munich, where there was first indication that the Croatian had taken a banned substance, will remain disqualified. But his previous points and prize money will remain intact. In his appeal, Cilic claimed that his mother had mistakenly bought a French glucose supplement while he was competing in Monte-Carlo. Because Cilic does not read French, he did not understand the warning label that listed an ingredient on the banned substance list.
Cilic is listed in the main draw for next week's BNP Paribas Masters event in Paris.
The full statement from the ITF can be read here.