Bradley Mousley, an 18-year old Australian amateur tennis star, is facing a 2-year ban from the sport after a positive drug test that showed ecstasy in his system. Mousley was tested following a first round qualifying match in March, which means the test was “in competition.” Mousley’s legal team is pushing for a shorter ban since he “would not have derived any performance benefit from it.” Via The Australian:
Tennis Australia is pushing for a full, two-year ban from all competition as part of a broader campaign to rid its elite junior ranks of what it sees as a reckless party culture involving drugs and high-risk sexual behaviour. Such a sanction would potentially be career-ending for the teenager, who has already missed this year’s French Open and Wimbledon junior tournaments after receiving formal notification of the positive test.
This isn’t the first time Mousley’s behavior has uspet Team Australia.
Mousley has a strained relationship with Tennis Australia. In the lead-up to this year’s Australian Open, where Mousley won through to the last four of the boys’ singles tournament, he was stripped of TA funding, excluded from its elite coaching and development program and denied wildcard entry into tournaments. He has previously received warnings for breaking curfew and swearing at tennis officials.
A two-year ban at this stage in his career could completely derail his future in the sport. Mousley has won two Junior Grand Slams in doubles.
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