Cornet successfully pleads case over third missed test
Alize Cornet has escaped a ban after the International Tennis Federation dismissed a charge against her for three missed drugs tests.
The French player claimed her intercom buzzer was broken during the third attempt by the doping officials to locate her with an independent tribunal finding the control officer did not take "reasonable steps" as it accepted Cornet's "frank and compelling" evidence.
The 28-year-old said she was inside her apartment during the designated time slot, but did not receive an intercom call or a phone call.
Players must be available for out-of-competition testing for one hour every day under the whereabouts rule.
Cornet said she missed the first attempted test, on 3 November, 2016, after leaving early for a flight to a tournament because she was "afraid of missing her flight due to traffic".
She had also already left her home in Cannes for the Stanford Classic in the United States at the time of the second attempted test on in July last year.
Cornet was successfully tested twice in March 2017, and again on 11 October, before the third missed test took place on 24 October.
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