Court of Arbitration for Sport extends Sara Errani's doping suspension

Ruben Hill
June 14, 2018

Italian tennis player Sara Errani said she was "disgusted" after her ban for an anti-doping violation was increased from two to 10 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday.

Errani, 31, became eligible to play again from October past year but the ITF's ruling, reached by an independent tribunal, was subject to two appeals to CAS.

The 2012 French Open finalist was handed the original punishment in August 2017 after testing positive for prohibited substance letrozole during an out-of-competition test.

In relation to Sara Errani's appeal, the Panel noted that the Athlete was warned in the Notice of Charge by the ITF dated 18 April 2017 that by not accepting a voluntary suspension immediately, she took the risk of a disqualification of results a posteriori.

The decision follows Errani's appeal against the original ban and voided results, while the Italian anti-doping agency had asked for a longer suspension.

In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 file photo, Italy's Sara Errani returns the ball to France's Alize Cornet during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Stadium, in Paris. Errani, however, has been disgusted with the decision.

"I have dedicated my life to this sport and I don't think I deserve all this", she wrote on Twitter.

With two months already served, the ban now runs from June 8 to February 8 2019. "All of this is total nonsense!" I don't know if I'l have the strength and the desire to play tennis again after all this.

With respect to Nado Italia's appeal, the Panel accepted that the Athlete established, by a balance of probability, like the ITF Tribunal did, that the source of letrozole found in her sample was medication taken by her mother that found its way into the family meal prepared by the Athlete's mother and eaten by the entire family, including the Athlete on 13 and/or 14 February 2017.

CAS said that Errani had to be held responsible for her mother's mistake and while this amounted to a "light degree of fault", increased her ban to 10 months.

A victor of five grand slam doubles titles, Errani is currently ranked 72nd, must now serve another eight-month suspension.

Now ranked 72nd, the 31-year-old says the matter has been handled in a shameful manner.

She won both the French Open and US Open in 2012, and Wimbledon in 2014.

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