Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic had a pretty big victory on October 25th when the Court for Arbitration in Sport reduced his nine month ban to the four months that have already been served.
Cilic will compete in Paris Masters tournament which will be his first tournament since the second round at Wimbledon when he withdrew prior to playing Frenchmen Kenny De Schepper.
Back then, Cilic offered explanation that his left knee was troubling him, but a few weeks later it was discovered that he actually failed a routine doping test at the tournament in Munich at the start of May.
Cilic explained in Paris that during Wimbledon he was pressured by the ITF too withdraw until his case could be settled.
In September, the ITF ruled that he should be suspended for the period of nine months and would be able to return to the ATP circuit on January 31st, 2014.
But Cilic maintained his innocence continuously saying he took a dose of glucose by accident.
After he appealed the ban to the Court for Arbitration in Sports, the ITF responded by appealing their own decision asking for a two year ban for Cilic.
But, the ITF failed in their bid, Cilic won the appeal and in a huge part restored his faltering image among the tennis pros.
The whole case didn't sit well with the tennis elite, with Andy Murray publicly questioning the ITF's decision to keep secret Cilic's doping results even though plenty of the players on Tour knew what was happening.
The public opinion also didn't fared well with the ITF's handling of the case.
And to make things worse for the ITF, they had to restore Cilic's points and prize money they took from him for the period of May 1st until June 24th.
Cilic's win means a lot, not only for him personally but for the sport in general.
The ITF wanted to make an example of him even though the whole case was standing on very shaky ground and now after losing this battle, the ITF could face another huge loss if CAS liberates Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki, who back in July was banned for 18 months because he didn't fulfill his doping test obligations at the tournament in Monte Carlo.
Many pundits felt Troicki's punishment was too severe and, if he wins his appeal like Cilic did, the ITF will have to face another huge battle, this time, for their own credibility.
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