Banned Serbian tennis player was “innocent” of a doping violation and the country’s Davis Cup team supported him,world number one Novak Djokovic said on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Troicki was suspended for 18 months by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in July for not providing a blood sample at the Monte Carlo Masters in April.
The ban,which runs until Jan. 24,2015,means he will miss Serbia’s Davis Cup semi-final against Canada in Belgrade next month and the opportunity of a second Davis Cup title.
Troicki’s defining career moment came when he clinched Serbia’s first Davis Cup in an emotional fifth rubber in the 2010 final against France in Belgrade,after which he and Djokovic were lauded in the Balkan state.
“We’re not sure what’s going to happen with Viktor,” Djokovic said after his opening win at the Rogers Cup in Montreal before adding he doubted Troicki would be eligible for the Davis Cup tie.
“We all give him big support because he’s definitely innocent … Hopefully he is going to be able to be on the court very soon.”
Troicki has denied any wrongdoing and said because he was not feeling well the doping officer had told him he could skip the blood test. Troicki had already given a urine sample.
The ITF dismissed his reasons for failing to provide the sample as ‘not compelling’ and he said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
Djokovic powers to comprehensive win
World number one Novak Djokovic powered to a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 win over Florian Mayer in his first match since Wimbledon while Canadian players upstaged Rafa Nadal with a string of surprise victories at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.
A fit and fresh looking Djokovic,who was beaten by Andy Murray to the All England Club crown,showed little signs of rust from a lack of recent match practice as he took just 56 minutes to advance on a warm Montreal evening.
The Serbian,renowned for his sense of humour and reputation as an entertainer,then celebrated his victory with some impromptu dancing in the centre of the main arena,much to the delight of the fans who had stayed late to watch him.