24 Jul 2017

Decision in the case of Alexandre Nicolau


24 July 2017 – LONDON, England - The International Tennis Federation announced today that it recognises and respects the one-year period of ineligibility imposed on Alexandre Nicolau (FRA) by the French National Anti-Doping Agency for the presence of cannabis, a prohibited substance under Section S8 (Cannabinoids) of the 2017 Prohibited List. Presence of a prohibited substance constitutes an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under article 2.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code.

As a Signatory to the WADA Code, the ITF (and, therefore, its member National Associations) is obliged to recognise and respect decisions of other Code Signatories that are consistent with the Code and within that Signatory’s authority (Article 15.4).

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.