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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Canas' doping ban, already served, upheld on appeal

Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The ruling against Argentine tennis player Guillermo Canas, who served a 15-month ban for doping, was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Swiss supreme court ordered the CAS to review its ban following his appeal.

The ATP Tour suspended Canas for two years after he tested positive for a diuretic on Feb. 21, 2005, at a tournament in Mexico. The CAS said Wednesday it reached the same conclusion as its initial ruling and decided to maintain the suspension, which was shortened to 15 months and ran from June 2005 to September 2006.

CAS general secretary Matthieu Reeb said the latest ruling simply upholds the original decision and has no bearing on Canas' current eligibility. He won a tournament in Brazil in February and twice defeated top-ranked Roger Federer this year.

Last May, CAS ruled he was not entirely at fault and reduced his two-year sentence by nine months. CAS ruled none of the results before his doping suspension should be annulled, including his six ATP tour titles.

Canas, once ranked No. 8, has denied ever knowingly ingesting a banned substance. He dropped out of the top 500 during his suspension and is currently ranked 22nd.