Viktor Troicki is looking to take a wildcard into Gstaad next week following his return from a one-year suspension.
The Serb was forced on the sidelines in 2013 when was suspended for failing to provide a blood sample for the drug test at the Monte Carlo Masters event. He received a one-year ban, reduced on appeal from 18 months, and has protested his suspension. He claimed he asked for permission to miss the test because he was unwell, however the ITF rejected his explanation.
“I really want to show everyone how unfair this decision was,” he told television in Serbia. “But I also want to make up for my absence, though I don’t know how long it will take before I am seen the same way as before.”
Troicki said his goal was to return to the Top 100 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.”