Tennis star in doping shock...
Paris - French Open finalist Mariano Puerta of Argentina tested positive for a stimulant at Roland Garros in June, sports daily l'Equipe reported on Wednesday. The player could face a life ban as he had already been banned for nine months for testing positive for an anabolic steroid in 2003. He tested positive for Etilefrine, used for hypotension. Puerta, who lost the Roland Garros final to Spain's Rafael Nadal, has climbed into the top 10 after starting the year at 400. L'Equipe said the player will not be identified by the men's ruling body, ATP, until he has appeared before a doping panel. Puerta, 27, is the fifth Argentine player to have tested positive for drugs. Guillermo Canas was suspended two years in 2005, Martin Rodriguez was docked ATP points and his winnings in 2003, Guillermo Coria was suspended seven months in 2001 and Juan Ignacio Chela suspended three months in 2000. In Paris in June, Puerta said his comeback from the tennis wilderness was due to hard work and sacrifice. The left-hander had tested positive for clenbutherol, a favourite drug of the former East German athletes in the 1980s, at a tournament in Vina del Mar in 2003.
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Posted by Bob Wallace at October 5, 2005 2:03 PM