Alize Cornet vows to battle the ITF after missed drug tests

Galtero Lara
Enero 25, 2018

Paris: Frenchwoman Alize Cornet has been placed under a disciplinary investigation after missing three random drug tests, anti-doping officials said on Thursday.

The International Tennis Federation's Tennis Anti-Doping Programme said Cornet was charged on January 11 with "a violation of Article 2.4 - (failing three times in any 12-month be available for testing at the declared whereabouts)".

- Reuters picPARIS, Jan 25 ― France's Alize Cornet is being investigated by the International Tennis Federation for a breach of anti-doping rules, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said yesterday.

A statement from Cornet read: 'Dear all, I wanted to let you know personally what is happening to me right now.

It's the third major anti-doping scandal to hit women's tennis in the last two years, following bans for five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova and former top 10 star Sara Errani, of Italy.

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Cornet wrote: "Last October I got a 3rd "no show" from the Anti Doping Agency and the ITF, which means that among the 20 anti doping controls that I had in the 2017 season, which were all negative of course, I missed 3 unannounced controls at home because of valuable reasons that the ITF didn't want to hear".

The fate of the Frenchwoman will be decided in March but she says that she will continue to feature on the WTA tour until then.

"No further comment will be made pending determination of the case, except as may be necessary to respond to public comment by Ms. Cornet or her representatives", it added.

Cornet, who is ranked 42, has been removed from the French Fed Cup team for the first-round tie against Belgium next month to allow her to "prepare her defence".

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