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Marin Cilic failed a drug test, confirms his former coach Bob Brett

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2013 Australian Open - Day 6

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Bob Brett, the former coach of Marin Cilic, has confirmed that the World No 15 indeed failed a drug test during the BMW Munich in April this year.

The Croat reportedly failed the drug test due to high glucose in his body.

“He said he had tested positive. The one thing I found out was that he tested positive for high glucose and Marin had co-operated with the organisation [the ITF] about the product and the pharmacy,” Brett told The Guardian.

Brett, who also coached players like Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic, blames the Croat’s carelessness for the scandal. The supplement which resulted in Cilic’s failed test, was reportedly purchased over-the-counter, something professional tennis players are strictly advised to avoid doing.

Brett revealed: “One of the people in his team bought it in a pharmacy – basically what you’ve been reading in the papers. Some people will say he made a mistake. But it was carelessness.”

Brett also said that the WTA and the ATP should educate their players about such risks.

There are also speculations that Cilic pulled out of the Wimbledon this earlier year after being informed about the failure. Cilic had cited knee injury as the reason for his pull out.

Brett told that he is not sure why Cilic pulled out but hopes that it was not due to the failed test issue.

“I certainly hope that whenever (the official confirmation from the ITF) comes out, in the next days or weeks, that it’s not that. I’m disappointed that it’s something that’s happened to him, especially because of the guidance I’ve given about not taking any risk, as any coach should do. I certainly would wish that it would be something that’s not true. I know he had knee trouble and has had knee trouble at various times over the years,” Brett added.

source: the tennis space, ESPN

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