By Erik Gudris / Monday, October 28, 2013
At the Paris Indoors event, Marin Cilic made a winning return to the ATP Tour after serving a four month suspension.
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Marin Cilic made a successful return to the ATP Tour after serving a four month suspension for having taken a banned substance by mistake.
Cilic won his first round match on Monday at this week's BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. Facing Igor Sjisling in the first round, Cilic hit 21 aces and 42 total winners en route to a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory.
It was the first tour victory for Cilic since winning his first-round match at Wimbledon earlier this summer. Cilic withdrew from Wimbledon soon after citing a knee injury. But later it was revealed Cilic had accepted a provisional ban from the ITF after he tested positive for a banned stimulant at the Munich tournament back in May.
During his appeal, Cilic claimed that his mother had purchased a glucose supplement with the banned substance by mistake. Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) accepted part of Cilic's appeal and reduced his ban from nine months to four months, thus making him eligible to play in Paris this week.
''I would definitely say it was the worst time of my life to experience this as a player,'' Cilic said during his post-match press conference. ''It was extremely difficult situations where people were even calling me a doping player and a cheater.''
Cilic, who was once ranked No. 9, is now ranked No. 41 in the world. He will next face No. 4 seed Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.