22 Sep 2003

Decision in the case of Martin Rodriguez


The ATP, governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuit, announced today that Argentine player Martin Rodriguez tested positive for the Class 3 substance caffeine during the 2002 ATP event in Basel, Switzerland.

Under the ATP rules for a Class 3 violation, Rodriguez will receive the mandatory penalty of a public warning and the forfeiture of $6,725 in prize money and 60 Doubles Entry Ranking points that he won while competing with a caffeine level above the Tennis Anti-Doping Program cutoff. The allowable limit of caffeine under program rules is 12.0 mcg/ml; Rodriguez, who participated in the doubles at Basel, was tested at 12.8 mcg/ml.

A Tennis Anti-Doping Program Tribunal determined the sanction. The Tribunal was chaired by Professor Richard McLaren, Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada and an internationally recognized arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The other Tribunal members were Professor Arturo Marti (PRC) and Dr. Gary Wadler (U.S.A.). The Tribunal convened in New York City on August 30, 2003.