Beck failed drug test after Slovakia's Davis Cup win

Updated: January 31, 2006, 8:01 AM ET
Associated Press

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Karol Beck failed a drug test after Slovakia's Davis Cup semifinal win over Argentina and is awaiting a verdict from the sport's world governing body, a Slovak official said Tuesday.

"Karol Beck informed us he attended a hearing at the International Tennis Federation 10 days ago, and we are expecting a verdict within the next couple of days," said Igor Moska, general secretary of the Slovak Tennis Association.

Moska declined to identify the banned substance.

"The fact Beck was called to the hearing indicates a positive test, that's all we can confirm," Moska said.

Beck faces a two-year ban if found guilty.

Beck helped Slovakia beat Argentina 4-1 in the Davis Cup semifinals in September. But Slovak captain Miroslav Mecir kept Beck out of the final in December against Croatia, citing a lingering left knee injury.

Reports of Beck's positive test surfaced at the final, but he denied it. Croatia beat Slovakia 3-2 in Bratislava for its first Davis Cup title.

Beck is No. 76 in the ATP Tour rankings.

Last month, Argentina's Mariano Puerta received an eight-year doping ban from the ITF. He is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Earlier this month, 16-year-old Bulgarian Sesil Karatantcheva was banned for two years after twice testing positive for the steroid nandrolone. She also plans to appeal.


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