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ITF: DC results can only be changed if doping in the final
Since some had voiced opinions and concerns about DC results. This is what the ITF Says (article from an Australian paper):
Results to stand in Davis Cup ties
December 24, 2005
RESULTS in all Davis Cup ties would stand and would only be changed in the final if a player was found to have tested positive to an illegal drug, the International Tennis Federation said yesterday.
Tennis Australia had queried the ITF, headquartered in London, as to why match results from Argentina's Mariano Puerta in the Davis Cup quarter-final in Sydney last July were not reversed after he tested positive to a banned stimulant six weeks earlier.
Puerta, 27, and the world's No.13 player was given an eight-year ban by the ITF, which will run until 2013, effectively ending his career. It was his second offence after he received a nine-month ban in February 2003.
Puerta tested positive after this year's French Open final on June 5. He lost to Spain's Rafael Nadal in that match but came to Australia for the July 15-17 quarter-final and won the doubles with David Nalbandian on the way to the South Americans winning the tie 4-1.
Puerta also played for Argentina in the semi-final against the Slovak Republic, where Argentina lost 4-1.
Since the ITF in its judgment released on Thursday (AEDT) said that all Puerta's results since June 5 would be reversed, TA queried where this left Australia.
Reports about Puerta testing positive at the French Open did not surface until October, three months after the quarter-final and four weeks after the semi-final.
Australia still would have lost the quarter-final 3-2 if Puerta's doubles win had been made void.
But the ITF contacted TA to let it know Davis Cup results stand, even in the case of a player who has committed a doping offence, for every occasion except the final.