Murray labels drugs-ban Cilic and Troicki unprofessional

Fri Nov 8, 2013 3:34pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray called Victor Troicki and Marin Cilic "unprofessional" on Friday, adding his voice to the growing debate about the sport's anti-doping rules.

Serbian Troicki had an 18-month ban imposed by the International Tennis Federation cut to 12 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this week, while Cilic returned at last week's Paris Masters after his nine-month suspension for taking a banned stimulant was reduced to four by CAS.

Both players denied any wrongdoing and Troicki received impassioned support from fellow Serb, world number two Novak Djokovic, after Troicki's ban for failing to take a blood test at this year's Monte Carlo Masters.

Murray has made no secret of his belief that tennis needs to do more to avoid the kind of doping scandals seen in cycling and athletics, and had little sympathy for Troicki and Cilic.

In an interview with the BBC Murray, still recovering from back surgery that forced him to miss this week's ATP World Tour Finals, was unforgiving.

"Whether either player was intentionally cheating or not - we don't know that, and I don't think either of them are like that - but both of them, I think, were unprofessional," he said.

"One of them refused to give a drugs test: we don't know exactly what was said in the room between the doping control officer and Viktor (Troicki), but the reality is that there are rules and you need to stick to what the rules are.

"I'm happy that the drug testing is going in the right direction. They're starting to increase it. They're doing more blood testing and we've got the biological passports in place," Murray added.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain chases down a return to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz