British tennis player banned from Wimbledon in shock scandal

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Tara Moore and doubles partner Ken Skupski at Wimbledon in 2016.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
Tara Moore and doubles partner Ken Skupski at Wimbledon in 2016. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Britain's No.1 women's doubles player Tara Moore has been provisionally suspended and will likely miss Wimbledon after testing positive to a prohibited substance.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced on Wednesday that Moore's 'A' sample contained Nandrolone metabolites and Boldenone.

The World No.83 doubles player provided her sample while competing in a WTA 250 event in Bogota, Colombia in April - where she lost in the final.

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Nandrolone and Boldenone are both on the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Moore's provisional suspension, backdated from May 27, will make her ineligible to compete in or even attend sanctioned events.

The 29-year-old has since responded on social media, claiming she never knowingly took a banned substance.

Tara Moore and doubles partner Johanna Konta, pictured here at Wimbledon in 2014.
Tara Moore (L) and doubles partner Johanna Konta at Wimbledon in 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

"I have never knowingly taken a banned substance in my career. I am investigating how the positive result could have occurred and look forward to proving that I am a clean athlete," she wrote on Twitter.

"I am deeply saddened by the provisional suspension and hope to be back on the court as soon as possible."

Moore, who made it to the second round of the doubles at the French Open last month, has the opportunity to ask for her 'B' sample to be analysed.

“The sample was split into A and B samples and the subsequent analysis found that the A sample contained Nandrolone metabolites and Boldenone and its metabolite, which are prohibited substances listed in the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Adverse Analytic Findings for non-specified substances carry a mandatory provisional suspension," the ITIA said.

“The player now has the opportunity to request that the B sample is analysed to see if that confirms the A sample.

"In the meantime, the player is ineligible to compete in or attend any sanctioned tennis events organised by the governing bodies of the sport from the start of the provisional suspension on 27 May 2022.”

Tara Moore to miss Wimbledon after ban

Moore will now miss Wimbledon, which stars on June 27, unless there is a dramatic development.

Moore and doubles partner Eden Silva were knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round last year - her fifth defeat in the first round at the All England Club.

She has won nine singles titles and 17 doubles titles on the ITF tour - the tier below the WTA.

The 29-year-old made it as high as World No.145 in singles in 2017, but is currently down at No.389.

Her best result at a grand slam came at the US Open last year when she made it to the third round in the mixed doubles.

She also made the second round in singles at Wimbledon in 2016.

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