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Tennis: Serbs under-strength against Switzerland in Davis Cup

Serbia will be forced to field a weakened side, minus Novak Djokovic, against Switzerland in their Davis Cup World Group first round tie in Novi Sad next week. Beaten in the last eight of the Australian Open by Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in Melbourne on Tuesday, Djokovic had already made it clear that he would not be available for the tie.

Murray labels drugs-ban Cilic and Troicki unprofessional

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray called Victor Troicki and Marin Cilic "unprofessional" on Friday, adding his voice to the growing debate about the sport's anti-doping rules. Serbian Troicki had an 18-month ban imposed by the International Tennis Federation cut to 12 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this week, while Cilic returned at last week's Paris Masters after his nine-month suspension for taking a banned stimulant was reduced to four by CAS.

Troicki says his dream is over after CAS ruling

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Serbia's Viktor Troicki said his dream of being a "top player" had been taken away after his ban for violating the ITF's doping regulations was reduced to 12 months from 18 on Tuesday. The 27-year-old former world No.12 was suspended by the ITF in July for failing to provide a blood sample at the Monte Carlo Masters in April but appealed to have the decision reversed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Serbia players back banned Troicki: Djokovic

By Tom Bartlett MONTREAL (Reuters) - Banned Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki was "innocent" of a doping violation and the country's Davis Cup team supported him, world number one Novak Djokovic said on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Troicki was suspended for 18 months by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in July for not providing a blood sample at the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

Tennis: Cilic fails doping test

Croatia's Marin Cilic, currently world number 15, failed a drug test at the April Munich tournament abd the International Tennis Federation (ITF) is probing the case, local media reported Saturday. Cilic failed the test only two weeks after passing a doping control at the Monte Carlo Masters, the Slobodna Dalmacija daily reported, quoting "reliable sources." More details will emerge next week as the 24-year-old Croatian sent his explanation to the ITF, the daily said.

Tennis: Troicki denies any doping wrongdoing

Serbia's Viktor Troicki, who was banned for 18 months by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for flouting doping rules, on Friday denied any wrongdoing and said he would appeal the sanction. The 27-year-old was found guilty of failing to provide a blood sample during a drugs test at the Monte Carlo Masters in April. "I am destroyed and exhausted... This enormous sanction makes me speechless," Troicki said in a statement at his official web site www.viktortroicki.com. Troicki said he would appeal the ITF decision.

Tennis: Viktor Troicki handed 18-month doping ban - ITF

Serbia's Viktor Troicki, a former world number 12 and a Davis Cup winner in 2010, was banned for 18 months on Thursday for flouting doping rules, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said. The 27-year-old Troicki was found guilty of failing to provide a blood sample during a drugs test at the Monte Carlo Masters in April. "Mr Troicki provided a urine sample, but did not provide a blood sample," said an ITF statement.

Tennis: Viktor Troicki handed 18-month doping ban - ITF

Serbia's Viktor Troicki, a former world number 12 and a Davis Cup winner in 2010, was banned for 18 months on Thursday for flouting doping rules, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said. The 27-year-old Troicki was found guilty of failing to provide a blood sample during a drugs test at the Monte Carlo Masters in April. "Mr Troicki provided a urine sample, but did not provide a blood sample," said an ITF statement.

Tennis: Viktor Troicki handed 18-month doping ban - ITF

Serbia's Viktor Troicki, a former world number 12 and a Davis Cup winner in 2010, was banned for 18 months on Thursday for flouting doping rules, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said. The 27-year-old Troicki was found guilty of failing to provide a blood sample during a drugs test at the Monte Carlo Masters in April. "Mr Troicki provided a urine sample, but did not provide a blood sample," said an ITF statement.

Tennis: Murray into Wimbledon fourth round

Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon fourth round as the world number two maintained the perfect start to his title challenge with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 win over Spanish 32nd seed Tommy Robredo on Friday. US Open champion Murray, yet to drop a set in his first three matches, will play Russian 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny or Serbia's Viktor Troicki for a place in the quarter-finals. smg/dj
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