Ulihrach: I'll see you in court

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  • Friday, 11 Jul 2003

ULIHRACH: The Czech tennis player has been given the go-ahead to resume his career after being cleared of doping by the ATP. The 28-year-old, ranked 68 in the world in 2000, was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation in March after testing positive for nandrolone. APpic

PRAGUE: Czech tennis player Bohdan Ulihrach may sue the men's ATP tennis tour for lost income after being cleared of doping charges that kept him out of the game for the last nine months. 

Ulihrach, who had protested his innocence all along, said he now wanted to focus his energy on the tennis courts and not the courts of law, but his lawyer said that all options were being considered. 

“It is possible that we will file for lost earnings and damages to his good name,” Jiri Balastik told the daily Mlada Fronta Dnes. 

Ulihrach was cleared of the charges on Wednesday after the ATP admitted that an electrolyte replacement product routinely given to players by Tour trainers may have been contaminated by nandrolone. 

The 28-year-old tested positive for nandrolone after a tournament in Moscow in October 2002 and in May this year was banned for two years, fined $43,770 and docked 100 ranking points. 

The ATP said all penalties related to the case have been dropped and that it did not expect any legal disputes over the case. 

The Czech player said he was keen to get straight back into competitive tennis and would have renewed motivation. 

“I'm happy that it has been shown that I never took anything,” the former world number 22 told reporters after hearing the verdict. “This whole ordeal was a period in my life that I wouldn't wish upon anyone.”  

“If it is possible, I'd like to go to Amsterdam on Friday. The ATP has some wild cards in its possession for next week's tournament, and I'd like to be there, or maybe Stuttgart.” 

Ulihrach was one of seven players who tested positive for nandrolone between August 2002 and May this year, according to the ATP.  

The six other players suspected of doping are to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, the ATP said.  

  • WHITE PLAINS (New York):
  • Venus Williams and Monica Seles have withdrawn from the US Federation Cup team due to injuries. 

    Williams aggravated an abdominal strain at Wimbledon and Seles is bothered by a foot injury. 

    "Fans around the world watched Venus valiantly compete while injured at Wimbledon and we understand her need to recuperate," said Fed Cup captain Billie Jean King on Wednesday. 

    "Monica has been a stalwart contributor to the US Fed Cup effort, but she too has been playing hurt and her need to fully heal from a foot injury supersedes this Fed Cup commitment."– Reuters 

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