Jenson Brooksby, the American tennis sensation, has been handed an 18-month ban after failing to appear for three drug tests. The ban, which has been backdated to July this year, means that Brooksby will be unable to compete until January 2025.
Three Missed Tests
Brooksby, 22, has been found guilty of missing three doping tests within a 12-month period. While he disputes the second missed test, an independent tribunal has determined that he had a "high" level of responsibility after reviewing the evidence.
Appeal in the Works
Despite the ban, Brooksby has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and he fully intends to do so. In a statement posted on his Instagram account, Brooksby expressed his disappointment and maintained his innocence regarding the June 4, 2022 missed test.
Hotel Room Confusion
Brooksby provided a detailed explanation of the events surrounding the June 4 missed test. He stated that he was in his hotel room for the entire testing window but was not aware that the Doping Control Officer was present. He claims that the hotel did not inform him of the officer's arrival and that a call was never made to his room.
Responsibility and Clean Sport
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) CEO, Karen Moorhouse, emphasized the importance of the whereabouts program in maintaining a clean sport. She stated that regular support and education are provided to all players in the program and urged them to be diligent with their whereabouts filings.
Appeal and Return to the Sport
Brooksby concluded his statement by expressing his intention to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He acknowledged the delay in his return to the sport due to injuries but assured his fans that he will be back soon.
Brooksby's career has been on an upward trajectory, with a peak ranking of No33 in the world in June 2022. He had impressive performances in the early part of 2023, including a run to the semi-finals in Auckland and reaching the third round of the Australian Open.