ITF rejects to lift Dayana Yastremska's doping ban

World no. 29 Dayana Yastremska will not compete at this year's Australian Open, as the ITF rejected her attempt to lift the doping ban imposed on January 7.

The talented Ukrainian is among those who have to serve a two-week quarantine without leaving the room, flying to Australia and still hoping to enter the Australian Open draw. Her plans were crushed when the International Tennis Federation released a statement on Sunday, saying that an independent tribunal had denied her application to have her provisional ban lifted.

Yastremska failed the doping test following the urine sample provided on November 24 last year. The sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency ("WADA") accredited laboratory in Montreal for analysis, showing banned substance mesterolone metabolite.

"An application by Dayana Yastremska to lift the provisional suspension imposed on her on 7 January 2021 under Article 8.3.1(c) of the 2020 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme has been denied by the Chair of the Independent Tribunal convened to hear her case. This decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport by Ms. Yastremska, WADA and the National Anti-Doping Center of Ukraine," ITF stated.

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