The International Tennis Federation announced that Dayana Yastremska’s request to lift the provisional suspension had been denied by the Chair of the Independent Tribunal convened to hear her case, but she may still appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The world No.29 Yastremska got a provisional doping ban on January 7 as she had tested positive for mesterolone metabolite on 24 November 2020. The Ukrainian insists that she has never used prohibited substances and that the result is consistent with some form of contamination event.
Despite being in the midst of this doping scandal, Yastremska traveled to Melbourne for the Australian Open. It looks like there’s no way the 20-year-old be able to compete in Australia, though. To make the situation even worse, she was on one of those flights where some people tested positive for COVID-19, so she’s now in hard lockdown in Melbourne.