Men's doubles world number one Robert Farah of Colombia has been tested positive for banned drug Boldenon, claiming that the anabolic entered his body through contaminated meat.
The Canadian-born Colombian confirmed the International Tennis Federation (ITF) told him he had tested positive for anabolic steroid Boldenona, which he claims was the result of eating Colombian meat.
"This substance is frequently found in Colombian meat and can affect the results of tests to athletes", wrote Farah.
"With my team and a group of advisers we're looking into the steps to take in a process in which we hope to show that I've never used any products that violate fair play and ethics", said Farah, who had been training in Los Angeles ahead of the Australian Open.
'Two weeks before the test mentioned, I did an anti-doping test in Shanghai which had a negative result, ' he said.
1 doubles player in the world along with partner and countryman Juan Sebastian Cabal. "I will work harder than ever to return to the courts in the shortest time possible". He contends the positive test is the result of tainted multivitamins. In Farah's case, it was boldenol; in Jarry's, it was ligandrol and stanozolol.
Jarry was beaten in Australian Open qualifying on Sunday (January 12) and said he and his legal team will be "working strongly" to prove his innocence and will fully cooperate with the ITF.
The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at grand slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation, ATP, and Women's Tennis Association. He adds that the levels cited were "incredibly low" and didn't provide a "performance-enhancing benefit".
The second player - Chile's Nicolas Jarry - stood as high as No 38 in the singles rankings last July, so these are both significant names. He reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the 2018 French Open and U.S. Open.