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Brazilian Melo banned two months for doping violation

9/24/2007 - Tennis

LONDON -- Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Melo was banned
for two months Monday for a doping violation.

The doubles specialist tested positive for the stimulant
isometheptene June 10 at the Wimbledon warmup tournament at Queen's
Club, the International Tennis Federation said.

The ban was reduced from the usual two years because Melo did
not take the substance to "enhance his sporting performance," the
ITF said. The suspension was backdated to Sept. 10 and will end
Nov. 9.

Melo will forfeit prize money and ranking points earned at
Queen's Club and the U.S. Open. The ITF said the Brazilian will
retain his results from tournaments between those two because he
did not know about the positive test until just before the U.S.
Open.

He reached the doubles quarterfinals at the U.S. Open with Andre
Sa. Melo and Sa made the semifinals at Wimbledon.