Great news for Canadian Rebecca Marino.
The 26-year-old Canadian decided to return to play after nearly five years in retirement.
But because of the anti-doping rules regarding reinstatement – rules she wasn’t aware of – she was unable to play in this week’s ITF tournament in Saguenay, Quebec.
A six-month period in the anti-doping required is required before a retired play can be reinstated.
But the ITF told Tennis.Life Monday that in Marino’s case, the period will only be three months.
Marino has filed for reinstatement Friday, and will be eligible to return on Jan. 20, 2018.
That’s great news; originally, it appeared she could only return in April at the earliest.
The waiting period was extended to six months as of Jan. 1, 2015, according to the revised WADA code. Per the ITF, that six-month period applies only to players who retired after that date.