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Andy Murray calls for transparency in Marin Cilic doping case

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Andy Murray faced off against Croatia's Borna Coric in their World Group Playoff tie. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Andy Murray faced off against Croatia’s Borna Coric in their World Group Playoff tie. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Andy Murray, currently in Umag, Croatia for Great Britain’s World Group Playoff tie, has said he wants more clarity with respect to the mysterious case of unconfirmed reports that Croatia’s No. 1, Marin Cilic, failed a drug test in May.

The Independent reported yesterday that Cilic is in London to attend a hearing regarding his failed drug test. According to Croatian reports, Cilic failed a drug test in Munich, Germany due to high glucose levels after ingesting an over-the-counter supplement. The Daily Mail reports Cilic was prepared to tell an independent tribunal that his mother was to blame for the failed drug test, as she was the one who purchased the supplement.

“I think it’s about time everyone knew what was going on,” Murray said the night before his opening Davis Cup rubber against Borna Coric. “Everyone knows what’s happening and he has clearly failed a drugs test, I just don’t know why that can’t come out. It’s not that he’s injured. I don’t get that.”

Cilic has not released a statement on the matter since news of the failed drug test hit Croatian media at the end of July; though he reportedly confirmed the news to his former coach Bob Brett. With the International Tennis Federation’s policy of not commenting on doping cases until after an investigation and ruling has been completed, no official agency has confirmed the results of the test or the presence of an ongoing investigation. But Cilic, ranked No. 24, has not played since withdrawing from his second round match at Wimbledon, citing a left knee injury. In that span he has missed two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments and the U.S. Open, all mandatory tournaments.

“Once it’s out in the open, then whether the hearing took two months or three or fourth months, so long as he isn’t playing in that period [it doesn't matter]. I think it’s too long for nobody to say he has failed a drugs test.”

  • Published On Sep 13, 2013
  • 7 comments
    wrightstuff76
    wrightstuff76

    I think the reason why Andy 'spoke out' as it were, is being Great Britain were playing Croatia (Cilic's team) this past weekend. Hie absence was clearly a talking point, which is probably what Andy was responding to in a press conference. He hasn't just randomly attacked Cilic, despite how this article was worded

    Tom14
    Tom14

    Blamed his Mother? 

    TonyMcDay
    TonyMcDay

    After his US Open collapse, IMO Murray should focus on his game. what happens with Marin Cilic is simply not Murray's business... smh


    FredC
    FredC

    I don´t know but Murray should let the computer, the tablet and the cel and start practicing more, now it feels that the absent of Nadal was the only reason why he has 2 grand slams and a gold medal.

    ChrisM
    ChrisM

    WOW...easy Muzzy...what did Marin ever do to you?  LOL

    Actually this is either a brilliant move by Andy, proving he is clean (ie...you'd be nuts to make yourself a target by being a "whistle blower" if you yourself were using)...or he simply can't stand Cilic?  Anyone know if they have a bad relationship on or off court?

    Vinny Cordoba
    Vinny Cordoba

    @FredC , oh except that Murray won Wimbledon this year, when Nadal was in the field and got bounced early. Murray earned all of those titles the hard way, beating the best players in the world.

    shelley
    shelley

    @ChrisM I'm sure Andy's relationship with Marin is just fine. Andy is simply repeating what he and Rafa Nadal have said many many times - they want more transparency, period. They want the number of all the tests and the results of those tests made public so everyone can know that the players are, in fact, tested often both in and out of competition and are coming up clean.