Brooksby accepts provisional suspension for failing to comply whereabouts rule, insists he will clear his name

The American underwent surgery earlier this year and has not played since the Australian Open due to injuries

Jenson Brooksby at the 2023 Australian Open Jenson Brooksby at the 2023 Australian Open Image Credit: AI/ Reuters/ Panoramic

American Jenson Brooksby confirmed that he has accepted a provisional suspension from the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) on Wednesday but denied any wrongdoing and said he intends to clear his name.

Brooksby, a former top 40 player who is now ranked No 101 in the world after missing six months due to injury, has been accused of missing three doping tests in a 12-month period.

As per the rules, players can be suspended if they have three “whereabout failures” within a 12-month period. Players have to notify the tennis officials about where they would be for a one-hour period on every day through the year as part of the whereabouts rule.

However, Brooksby insists that on one of the occasions, he was at the designated place where he was supposed to be for the doping test.

“Taking the provisional suspension is the best decision that we have to make right now,” Brooksby told the Associated Press. “I’ve never failed a drug test. I’ve never taken any bad substances.”

Brooksby, who has undergone two surgeries this year to recover from his injuries, also put out a statement on social media where he confirmed that he plans to go into arbitration to clear his name.

Jenson Brooksby makes a statement on his suspension
Jenson Brooksby makes a statement on his suspension Image Credit: Jenson Brooksby social media account

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