Spears hit with doping suspension

American doubles specialist Abigail Spears is suspended after a test during the US Open came back positive for prasterone (DHEA), testosterone and metabolites.

Those substances, per the ITF rules, trigger an automatic provisional suspension.

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Spears took to Instagram to take responsibility, apologizing to her doubles partners and saying that after testing clean for nearly 20 years, she had consulted a reputable doctor after being “unwell for an extended amount of time” earlier in the year.

She took supplements he recommended for diagnosed vitamin deficiencies without going through the WTA or WADA.

At 38, it’s a tough blow.

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