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Marin Cilic eligible to play after nine-month doping ban is reduced

The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduces Marin Cilic's nine-month doping ban to four months.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced tennis star Marin Cilic's doping ban from nine months to four following an appeal.

The International Tennis Federation issued the suspension in September after the 25-year-old tested positive for a banned stimulant at a tournament in Munich in May.

However, Cilic insisted that he had taken the substance inadvertently via glucose tablets, which prompted him to appeal the original decision.

It has now been confirmed that the suspension has been reduced to four months, which means that he is now eligible to play competitively.

Cilic may feature in next week's Paris Masters.

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Marin Cilic returns against Marcos Baghdatis on his way to victory in their men's first round match at Wimbledon on June 24, 2013
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