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Cilic denies covering up drugs ban at Wimbledon

ESPN staff
September 27, 2013
Marin Cilic has appealed against his nine-month ban © PA Photos

Marin Cilic has hit back at reports claiming he feigned an injury at Wimbledon in order to cover up the failing of his drugs test.

The Croatian was slapped with a nine-month ban by the International Tennis Federation after testing positive for a banned substance at the Munich Open. He had been informed during the Aegon Championships at Queen's he had failed the drugs test, and carried on competing after accepting a provisional suspension. However, he was told his results at Wimbledon may be wiped out depending on the results of the case.

The reports suggested Cilic feigned a knee injury to hide from the drugs ban, but has denied the claims.

"I had already developed a significant knee injury before Wimbledon and aggravated it during my first-round match," Cilic said. "The tournament doctors at Wimbledon examined my knee before and after my first-round match.

"The medical documentation that I was given records that my knee was already then in a bad state and that any further matches could risk a more serious injury. I was nonetheless very keen to continue playing at Wimbledon, because the tournament means so much to me."

Cilic has lodged an appeal against the ban and went on to add: "At that point it no longer made any sense for me to risk causing my knee a more serious injury and to deprive someone else the opportunity of playing deeper into the tournament.

"I therefore took the painful decision to pull out of Wimbledon and to accept a voluntary suspension pending the determination of my case. I don't know what else I could have done. I subsequently flew to Monte Carlo to receive treatment on my knee. I was unable to put any weight on my knee for several days after my treatment."

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