Polish tennis player Kamil Majchrzak has been banned from playing in official matches. The tennis player is banned for 13 months after accepting that he committed a doping offence. Majchrzak, who climbed to 75th in the world in February 2022, returned several positive tests for banned substances last year.
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), which announced the ban, accepted Majchrzak “had not knowingly or intentionally” committed an offence. The ITIA said Majchrzak acknowledged tennis players were aware of the risks of contaminated supplements.
Kamil Majchrzak was tested in Sofia, Japan and Seoul in September and October last year, and by Polish officials in November. He said an isotonic drink had contained the prohibited substances. Majchrzak has been serving a provisional suspension since 30 November and can return from his suspension on 29 December 2023.
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Announcing the news on Instagram, Kamil Majchrzak stated it had been “really unbearable and painful” to learn he had failed a test, describing the process as a “cruel experience”. He further stated that he had been using the isotonic drink from late September of last year, but said the concentration of the substances detected would have needed to be “several hundred and several thousand times higher than what was found in my urine samples to even begin to have any effect”.
Majchrzak, currently ranked 96 ( as of January 2023) had his best run during the 2019 US Open when he reached the third round of the tournament after making it through the qualifying rounds.