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Banned substance wasn't taken to enhance performance

Marcelo Melo took a banned substance and got caught. However, he wasn't using the substance as a performance enhancer, so Melo's suspension has been greatly reduced.

Updated: September 27, 2007, 3:53 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

The International Tennis Federation's recently announced two-month doping suspension of Brazilian doubles specialist Marcelo Melo left us a little cross-eyed, so we decided to dig deeper.

You might remember a small flurry of stories out of Wimbledon about Melo and his Brazilian partner, Andre Sa . The pair played an epic 28-26 fifth set to upset Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe in the third round and eventually reached the semifinals. Melo and Sa currently are ranked ...

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