Serbia’s Viktor Troicki’s exile from tennis has come to an end, as the world No, 842 has received a wildcard into the Gstaad tournament in Switzerland next week, where he will meet Austrian youngster and rising talent Dominic Thiem in the opening round of the tournament.
The tournament field is headed by defending champion Mikhail Youzhny.
Troicki was initally banned for 18 months in July for violating the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) anti-doping laws after failing to supply a blood sample at the 2013 Monte Carlo Masters. The sentence was cut to 12 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but his long absence has meant that the Serbian has plummeted to number 842 in the ATP world rankings.
Troicki had done his media rounds earlier this week and made it clear that his interest is to return to the Top 100 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this season.
“From the wish to show that they were wrong to suspend me, to the hope of proving to myself that I can do even better than before — above all, a desire to make up for lost time… All of these emotions and much more will be present. To be honest, I don’t know myself how it’ll be on court in the beginning, until I get used to it. At the same time, all my points will be gone by July 21 and I’ll be starting from scratch, completely from scratch. However, I often remember a very good saying, “Once a doctor, always a doctor.” That’s why I haven’t given up on tennis: because it’s who I am.”
The Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad takes place between the 21-27 July, 2014.