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Viktor Troicki banned 18 months

Updated: July 25, 2013, 6:37 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki was suspended for 18 months Thursday for refusing to submit to blood testing before the Monte Carlo Masters.

The International Tennis Federation said the 53rd-ranked player broke an anti-doping rule in April by providing a urine sample but not a blood sample. The ban ends Jan. 24, 2015.

Troicki, who is competing at the Croatia Open at Umag, said at a news conference this is the "toughest moment of my career and of my life."

"I ...

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