Rusedski to attend hearing

Updated: February 4, 2004, 2:43 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Former U.S. Open finalist Greg Rusedski will appear at next week's hearing about his positive steroid test, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

"Greg is not expecting a decision on Monday," Susan McMahon said from London.

Rusedski's drug test at a tournament last year in Indianapolis showed the steroid nandrolone. He denied using the substance.

He said his test was similar to those of seven other players who tested positive for nandrolone, but who escaped suspension when it was found the drug might have come from supplements administered by ATP Tour trainers.

However, Rusedski's positive test came after the ATP instructed its training and medical staff in May to stop issuing the supplements.

If Rusedski is found guilty of doping, he could face a two-year ban that could be appealed to an arbitration panel.

Rusedski was born in Montreal, but he chose to play for Britain in the 1990s. He lost to Patrick Rafter in the 1997 U.S. Open final and reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 that year; he's currently 101st.

Rusedski and Andy Roddick share the record for fastest serve, 149 mph.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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