Beck to appeal two-year doping ban to ITF
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Karol Beck of Slovakia plans to appeal his two-year ban imposed by the International Tennis Federation for a positive steroid test during last year's Davis Cup semifinal.
Tibor Macko, the president of Slovakia's tennis federation, said Tuesday that Beck plans to appeal the ban imposed the day before by the ITF.
"We believe that [Beck] didn't use the substance consciously," Macko said.
The 23-year-old Beck returned a positive test for clenbuterol after Slovakia's 4-1 win over Argentina on Sept. 24. Beck won both his singles and doubles for Slovakia, which reached its first final before losing to Croatia.
The ITF said the suspension would be backdated until Nov. 1, 2005, and run until Oct. 31, 2007.
Beck's results in the semifinal are automatically disqualified, although the overall result of the tie will not be reassessed. Beck's ranking points and $42,935 in prize money since the test are forfeited.
Beck, ranked No. 85, denied any wrongdoing.
"I never in my life have been doping and never will," Beck told Slovak media.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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