Following her two-year ban from professional competition for testing positive for methamphetamine, Nuria Llagostera Vives has officially announced her retirement from the sport.
On August 21st, the WADA-accredited laboratory revealed an “adverse analytical finding for the prohibited substance d-methamphetamine” in her urine sample and she was informed by letter a week later. Following the test and Tribunal hearing, it was decided that Nuria Llagostera was ineligible to compete for a period of 24 months, commencing on 8 September 2013, from participating in any capacity any professional competition.
She chose to retire when she discovered she has no hope of taking part in the Rio Olympics.
“They have buried by dreams of playing in the Rio Olympics,” Vives told the reporters in a press conference held in Palma de Mallorca. “The ITF ruling is a dead-end street and my career ends here.”
Vives has been competing on the professional tour since 1996 but has only participated in doubles tournaments on the WTA senior professional circuit since 2012. In June 2005, she reached her highest singles ranking of 35. In November 2009, she reached her highest doubles ranking of five. She has won two WTA events as a singles player and 16 as one a doubles competitor.