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Tennis star Sara Errani blames mum's tortellini for failed drugs test

09 August, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Errani has been accused by the Italian media of failing a drugs test earlier this year

As a result, she has been suspended for a period of two months, beginning on August 3 and ending on October 2.

Errani's results between February and June have been wiped and she has forfeited all prize money and ranking points that she accumulated during that period.

The drug was present in her household because Errani's mother has been fighting breast cancer since 2005, and the substance Letrzole is in Errani's mother's breast cancer medication, Femara.

Letrozole is used as a treatment for breast cancer, but is on the banned list due to its qualities as a masking agent and has also been known to be used by bodybuilders to increase lean muscle mass.

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The former French Open finalist in 2012 have been handed the ban after failing to test negative for a banned substance.




The tribunal accepted this was the most likely outcome, but rejected Errani's plea of no fault or negligence.

The tennis player said she never took any letrozole and suspected that "accidental food contamination occurred at some stage in the house". This would prove that she did not even take an entire pill's amount of the banned substance.

The former world No. 5 says her mother has been using Femara daily since 2012 "and therefore (it) is present in the house where I am now living".

Errani's mother and father told the tribunal hearing in July that after the positive finding, they carried out an experiment which found the drug dissolved in a broth, plus a meat mixture for tortellini, without being detectable.

"She [Fulvia] explained how in the past she had accidentally dropped pills from the blister pack from which Femara (letrozole) was discharged by hand on to the worktop or on to the floor", the tribunal's decision read. "The only hypothesis is food contamination". "This option has been supported by a further hair test, which I voluntary underwent".

In a statement released via her official Twitter account, Errani strenuously denied knowingly taking a banned substance.

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