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Argentina's Hood acknowledges positive drug test

10/10/2005 - Tennis

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentine doubles specialist
Mariano Hood acknowledges testing positive for a banned drug at the
French Open.
Hood has been told the tests showed the substance used was
finasteride. According to media reports, Hood had been taking the
substance for nine years in pill form to prevent hair loss.
Finasteride was added to the ATP's list of banned drugs last
November as a masking agent.
"I've contacted my lawyers, I don't have much more
information," said Hood, playing last week in the Metz Open in
France.
Hood's positive result was reported by the French sports daily
L'Equipe on Wednesday, the same day it said his compatriot, Mariano
Puerta, tested positive for the stimulant etilefrine after reaching
the French Open men's singles final in June. Puerta has denied the
report.
The 32-year-old Hood is Argentina's highest-ranked men's doubles
players at No. 26, and has won 13 titles.
Media reports said it was Hood's second doping test this year,
and that he gave a negative result at the Australian Open in
January.
Six Argentines have tested positive since 2001.
Guillermo Coria was suspended for seven months in 2002.
Guillermo Canas was handed a two-year ban in August. Puerta was
banned for nine months in 2003 and faces a life suspension for a
repeat violation.