Tennis governing body suspends Farah pending doping case

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              FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019 file photo, Colombia's Robert Farah reacts after winning the men's doubles final with partner Juan Sebastian Cabal against Marcel Granollers, of Spain, and Horacio Zeballos, of Argentina, during the final match of the U.S. Open tennis championships, in New York. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, Farah tweeted that he has tested positive for a banned substance and has withdrawn from the Australian Open. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier, File)
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LONDON (AP) — Top-ranked doubles player Robert Farah was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation on Tuesday pending a disciplinary hearing into his positive doping test.

The ITF formally imposed the suspension hours after the Australian Open began.

Farah had been due to play in Melbourne with long-time doubles partner Juan Sebastian Cabal until announcing his doping case last week. The pair won the last two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Farah denies wrongdoing and blamed his positive test for the steroid Boldenone on eating contaminated meat in his native Colombia.

The ITF said Farah did not challenge the provisional suspension from playing. No timetable was given to process the case.

The 32-year-old Farah and Cabal were the ATP’s doubles team of the year in 2019.

Cabal has been playing with Jaume Munar of Spain at the Australian Open.