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Canas Faces Doping Probe

June 23, 2005|Lisa Dillman

WIMBLEDON, England — Revelation of a drug probe involving another Argentine tennis player came to light when No. 8-ranked Guillermo Canas told the newspaper La Nacion that he is under investigation by the ATP.

Canas has withdrawn from the upcoming Davis Cup quarterfinal against host Australia in July. Canas, who reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, did not play Wimbledon because of an undisclosed injury.

An ATP official declined to comment at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Canas was told the apparent positive result occurred when he was tested at a clay-court tournament in Acapulco in late February, the newspaper reported in Wednesday's editions. La Nacion also reported Canas has hired the same law firm that represented three other Argentine players who served significant suspensions after positive drug tests.

"Now I have the chance to speak and I want everyone to hear it from my mouth," Canas told the newspaper in Spanish. "I've always faced things head-on and I'm not going to hide now. I've always been crystal clear in my decisions and that's something that I needed to say."

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