Suspension reduced: Jenson Brooksby can return in March

Jenson Brooksby has been granted a reprieve from the ITIA and will be permitted to return to the ATP Tour as soon as March.

Jenson Brooksby Jenson Brooksby of the USA during Day 3 of the 2023 Men’s ASB Classic. ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. Wednesday 11 January 2023 (Photosport/Panoramic)

Jenson Brooksby is free to return to the ATP Tour after the ITIA (International Tennis Integrity Agency) ruled that  “new information relating to the circumstances giving rise to the missed tests” made it possible to award the American a reduced sentence.

23-year-old Brooksby, a former world No 33, had been suspended until January of 2025, due to not being present for three anti-doping tests in a one-year period.

The California native has not competed since the 2023 Australian Open.

“It gives me tremendous joy, and relief, that I can get back to doing what I love,” the American wrote in a statement on social media. “The last 13 months have been exhausting, and a nightmare I don’t wish on anyone. To my family, my team, and all my extended family and friends – thank you for keeping my head up through these difficult times.”

The ITIA released a document detailing its reasoning, saying:

“Following reassessment, the ITIA, WADA, and the player’s representatives agreed that Brooksby’s fault for the ADRV was not as high as previously found by the independent tribunal, and a 13-month sanction was appropriate,” the statement read. “The sanction will be backdated to the date of the player’s third and final missed test. As such, Brooksby’s suspension is deemed to have begun on 4 February 2023, and will end on 3 March 2024. In reaching an agreement with the ITIA, the player has withdrawn their appeal to CAS.”

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