Spanish tennis player banned after positive for meth

By Drum Digital
11 November 2013

Spanish tennis player Nuria Llagostera Vives has been suspended for two years after testing positive for methamphetamine at a tournament.

The International Tennis Federation says the 33-year-old Llagostera Vives's ban expires Sep. 7, 2015.

Llagostera Vives now plays only doubles, though her singles ranking reached No. 35 in June 2005.

The ITF said she was due to partner Francesca Schiavone at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California in July, but withdrew because the Italian was unwell.

Llagostera Vives was still randomly selected for a doping control and could not explain how the drug entered her system, the governing body says.

The ITF says Llagostera Vives retains prize money and ranking points in tournaments since July, including reaching the last 16 at the U.S. Open partnering Liezel Huber.


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