July 23, 2004
Player Suspended Two Years for Doping Offense
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.A.— The ATP, governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuit, announced today that Diego Hipperdinger has received a two-year suspension after he tested positive for the prohibited substance cocaine and metabolites. Hipperdinger’s test occurred on February 9, 2004 after a qualifying match at the ATP tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile. A tribunal comprised of Prof. Richard McLaren (CAN), Dr. Gary Wadler (USA) and Prof. Arturo Marti (PRC) determined that Hipperdinger, a 27-year-old from Spain, committed a doping violation under the rules of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program. The independent tribunal, which heard evidence on July 14, determined that Hipperdinger should receive a 2-year suspension from any ATP or Challenger Series event or other activity authorized or organized by the ATP. The player also is ordered to forfeit all ranking points and $3,742 in prize money won since the date of his positive test. Two years is the maximum applicable penalty for a positive cocaine test under the World Anti-Doping Code. Hipperdinger, whose current singles ranking is No. 491, will be eligible to return to competition on July 23, 2006.