The International Tennis Federation announced that any player found guilty of using banned substances at ITF-run tournaments, including Grand Slam events and the Davis and Federation cups, is liable to a nine-month ban for a first offense.
Two years will be imposed for a second offense, and third-time offenders receive a lifetime ban. Random testing will be carried out using procedures brought in for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Talks are still being held with the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association in an effort to standardize drug testing throughout the sport, the ITF said. . . .
Third-seeded Martin Jaite outlasted No. 5 Jim Courier, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open in Gstaad. Marc Rosset ousted second-seeded Emilio Sanchez, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Ronald Agenor beat defending champion Carl-Uwe Steeb, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. . . .
NCAA singles champion Steve Bryan of Texas was awarded the final wild card for the 56-player Sovran Bank Classic that begins Monday at William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center. Other wild cards are John McEnroe, Eliot Teltscher, John Ross and NCAA semifinalist Jared Palmer.
Wild cards for the qualifying tournament (today at 9 a.m.) are Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association champion Randy Vigmostad, Tim Johnson, Carl Chang (Michael's brother), Chris Cocotos, Boaz Marinstein and Alexis Hombrecher.