The ATP, governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuit, announced today that Alejandro Vargas-Aboy has accepted a two-year suspension for refusing to take part in an ATP no-notice out-of-competition test attempted on April 23, 2005 in Bergamo, Italy. Vargas-Aboy will be eligible to return to competition on May 12, 2007.
A tribunal comprised of Richard McLaren (CAN), Dr. Gary Wadler (USA) and Prof. Arturo Marti (PRC) accepted the admission of Vargas-Aboy, a player from Spain, that he had committed an anti-doping program rules violation. Vargas-Aboy admitted to the tribunal that he refused to take part in the out-ofcompetition test.
Vargas-Aboy, who competes on the ITF Futures circuit, never has played an ATP or ATP Challenger tournament. He had a career-high singles ranking of No. 329 on April 20, 2005. Besides the two-year suspension, Vargas-Aboy also must forfeit all prize money and points won from April 23, 2005 to May 12, 2005.