Sara Errani suspended for two months for doping

Kristopher Nichols
August 9, 2017

Sara Errani is a previous Grand Slam finalist, reaching the final of the French Open in 2012, and claims that the drug must have contaminated her food without her knowledge.

Italian tennis player Sara Errani has blamed her mother's breast cancer medication for a doping violation that will see her suspended from the sport for two months.

An ITF statement said Errani was charged with an anti-doping violation April 18 and had promptly asked for a hearing before an independent tribunal. This also implies that all her results from the date of her positive out-of-competition test on 16 February until a negative test on 7 June have been annulled and all ranking points and prize money accrued in this period have had to be forfeited.

She said taking a single pill of Femara shows up in a hair sample, but her hair sample showed no trace, which according to her "proves the quantity I have inadvertently ingested is less than a single pill".

And subsequently, following a hearing last month, a suspension was imposed from 3 August and she will be eligible to compete again on 3 October.

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The ITF tribunal accepted the argument, ruling that "it was more likely than not that letrozole entered the player's body by means of her mother's medication".

The newspapers also informed that the Italian, who lost in the 2012 French Open final to another drug offender, Maria Sharapova, has dropped out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal which started Monday.

"However, this substance (letrozole) is present in Femara, a medicine my mother has been using daily since 2012 for therapeutic objective, further to a surgery for breast cancer, and therefore is present in the house where I am now living".

The written reasons for the verdict revealed Errani had been visiting her mother prior to the date of her positive test on February 16. This would prove that she did not even take an entire pill's amount of the banned substance.

"Together with my family we have tried to understand how this contamination could have happened, because I am 100% certain I haven't taken a pill by mistake. The only hypothesis is food contamination".

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