Despite success in the Court of Arbitration for Sport today, Viktor Troicki has claimed that "this decision puts an end to my dreams of being a top player."
The Serbian had initially been banned for 18 months by an International Tennis Federation anti-doping tribunal after refusing to give a blood sample during the Monte Carlo Masters in April.
After taking it to the Court of Arbitration with the hope of seeing his ban waived, he only managed to get the ban cut by six months, which means that he will be allowed to compete professionally again on July 15, 2014.
His disappointment centres around the fact that the Court didn't believe that he was trying to evade detection of performance enhancing substances in his blood, yet he was still banned for the offence.
Furthermore, he has received a harsher ban than Czech player Marin Cilic who received a nine-month ban reduced to four months due to testing positive for Nikethamide. Thus, Troicki is rightly aggrieved to receive such a ban, when he hasn't tested positive for any substance but is forced to serve a ban three times as long.
This will have serious consequences for his ranking, as it means that he misses the first three Grand Slams of next year, leaving the US Open the only chance to gain serious ranking points. It would be a huge surprise therefore, if he doesn't drop down the rankings because it makes it almost impossible for him to defend his ranking point total from last year.
Troicki added: "I have no idea what to do now or where to go. I hope somehow I will be able to fight back."
He now finds himself in a difficult position, where he has to mentally prepare for a long absence for the game, in order to make the most of the little playing time he will experience during the summer.
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