The Tribunal of Sports Arbitration has decided that Viktor Troicki will be sanctioned with a 12 months ban.
He will be able to start competing again on July 15th 2014, without any ATP ranking.
I hoped that the most difficult period of my career and of my life would be over, and I really trusted the
judges I met in Lausanne. I had the feeling that they were really looking for the truth and that they had
found it during the hearing. Now this decision puts an end to my dreams of being a top player, of reaching the ATP finals and fighting
against the best in the world. I worked my entire life for it, and it has been taken away from me in one
afternoon by a doctor I didn’t know. Regarding the TAS I can only say that they are humans, and they probably didn’t have the courage to go
against the ITF releasing me and putting ITF in a bad situation. I am sure they feel bad about it, but in the
end they will all go back to their jobs tomorrow, including Doctor Gorodilova, and I won’t. This is what
remains from this case. I thank everyone who has supported me so far, Novak, Janko, my family, my team and everyone who truly
believes I am innocent. I won’t forget it. Thank you also to the press. I was not expecting so much support and good press as I received. It is very easy to talk bad and make titles about a banned player. You did not. I have no idea about what to do now or where to go. I hope somehow I will be able to fight back.
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Official Statement after Viktors hearing in Lausanne
Today my lawyers, my manager and I have attended the appeal at the Tribunal for Sports Arbitration.
We are now bound to confidentiality regarding the hearing. I kindly ask all our friends at the media to respect this and to wait with us the decision of the panel.
Excuse us in advance for not answering your requests.
Viktor gets CAS date to appeal 18 month ban
The Sports Arbitration Tribunal (TAS) in Lausanne has set 9th October as day for Viktor Troicki’s appeal, the Serbian tennis star who has been suspended for 18 months for skipping a blood test last April, during the Rolex Masters in Monte Carlo.
Viktor Troicki has been accused by the Doping Control Officer to have refused to provide a blood sample. However, Viktor and his coach Jack Reader declare that the Doping Control Officer checked him and assured him that he could skip the test without any consequences.
Miro Bratoev, Tour Manager at the ATP World Tour, declared in writing he saw both Viktor and his coach separately right after the test, and was told the same version of the story by both. Nevertheless, the independent tribunal organized by ITF condemned Viktor to a career-endangering suspension till the beginning of 2015, and to try and restart his career with no ATP singles ranking left. This is understood to be one of the toughest first offence bans ever handed to a tennis player.
We interviewed Viktor about the upcoming trial.
First of all, how are you feeling Viktor?
I am really relieved that we finally have a date and that it is already next week. It has been a very long waiting period, in which I tried to stay focused and continued training.
Did your team, Jack and your trainer Milos Jelisavic stay with you during this period?
Yes, they stayed by my side and it has been very important for me. They tried to keep working with me as usual and kept me in good spirit. But we are now really tired of waiting in the tunnel. Practicing without any goal wears you out, especially when you see your ATP points falling off and your ranking dropping each week. I can’t describe it, it eats you up.
You were in Belgrade during the Semi-finals of the Davis Cup, but you were not allowed to enter the stadium. You said in an interview that you watched the matches on TV. How did you feel when Janko won the decisive singles?
I was really happy for them, for us. I know they all want me back in the team and I love to play with them. They are all great persons first, and then great players. When Janko dedicated the tie to me and Novak took the microphone and got the stadium to shout “Viktore” I had a breakdown and started crying like never before in my life.
How do you feel about the trial in Lausanne? Will you attend in person?
Yes, I will attend in person for sure. I am fighting for the truth and I will do it as hard as I can. I feel confident. Reading all the papers of the previous trial in London I can’t understand why I have been sanctioned, especially this hard.
Will you have the same lawyers from Studio Chiusano in Turin to represent you?
Yes, it will be the same team. I think they worked really well in London and I trust them. They have a lot of experience in sports, as they represented Juventus FC for decades. And they really trust me and they are convinced that I am 100% innocent.
What do you expect from the TAS?
I really hope that they will turn around the decision of the ITF. I have done nothing wrong, apart from following the instructions of the Doping Control Officer. I even asked for a doctor to be called to the room, but she said she was in charge and showed me her diplomas. She kept saying “don’t worry” to me, so I relied on her. And so did Jack, who was with me during half of the time I spent with her.
I really put all my hopes in the judges that will decide in Lausanne. I hope they take their time and that they really find the truth. I don’t even want to think about anything else.
There have been talks about a document signed by several top 50 players demanding new rules in the doping control station. Is it true?
Yes it is true. Novak is the first one who signed it. The players demand that the Tournament Supervisor or the ATP Tour Manager must be called to the doping control station if there are problems. No one should leave the room without providing samples if one of them has not been called. The players are worried: what happened to me could have happened to anyone of them.