Pay per head services were delighted to see Marin Cilic return from a doping ban with a first round win at the ATP Paris Masters.
The 25-year-old had a very difficult few months on the sidelines after getting a ban back in May for a positive test at the Munich Open.
Last week, the Croatian saw that the ban was reduced from nine months to four months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), meaning that he could play in Paris, and pay per head services were very impressed to see how well he did.
Price per head services then saw that the player took advantage of the ruling and on Monday defeated Holland’s Igor Sijsling, and he said that getting back on the court was a real delight.
“I felt like a kid playing tennis for the first time,” a cheerful Cilic said after his 5-7 6-1 6-4 win.
“I would say the feeling was amazing just to be back on the court, to be competing, and I enjoyed every moment.
“With the game, of course, I’m extremely satisfied, as I haven’t played any match since Wimbledon. So it’s great feeling to win again.”
Pay per head services found out that the player admitted his anti-doping violation, saying that the result was the most painful experience he ever had.
“Yeah, I would definitely say it was the worst time of my life to experience this as a player,” he continued.
“I have been on the tour for six, seven years and have been always really careful and really honest and fair as much as I could with all the other players.
“And then to be in that kind of situation where when I found out about the positive test, and then also the media started to write and it was extremely difficult situations where people were even calling me a doping player and a cheater.
“I knew I didn’t cheat, and the most important, I haven’t taken anybody’s prize money and I haven’t beat anybody in that tournament.
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“It’s not a fun thing to go to the hearings, and I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone because it’s very, very stressful and definitely it leaves a big scar on anyone.”