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Volandri has drugs ban overturned

Filippo Volandri
During his ban Volandri's ranking has fallen to 161 in the world

Italy's Filippo Volandri has had his three-month suspension for using a banned substance lifted after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Court also confirmed that Volandri will be restored the ATP points and earnings he lost during his ban.

The International Tennis Federation banned Volandri in January after a sample he provided at a 2008 ATP Tour event contained too much salbutamol.

The 27-year-old blamed his failed test on an inhaler he takes for asthma.

"The nightmare is over," said Volandri, who has been as high as number 25 in the world rankings. "The Court of Arbitration recognized my good faith. I used the drug only for therapeutic needs and the ban was excessive."

The only punishment that Volandri will incur is the loss of the points and earnings he won at at the tournament in Indian Wells a year ago where he failed the initial test.

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