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Murray says there's no excuse for Troicki's, Cilic's doping offenses

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Andy Murray told the BBC that there needs to be "zero tolerance" when it comes to doping for tennis to stay credible.

LONDON (AP) -- Andy Murray says Viktor Troicki and Marin Cilic were "unprofessional" and have no excuse for doping offenses that led to their suspensions.

Troicki had an 18-month ban reduced to 12 months this week for skipping a blood test in April, though he provided a urine sample that was negative.

Cilic served a four-month ban after testing positive for a banned stimulant in May. He claimed he didn't intend to ingest the substance, which was in a glucose tablet bought at a pharmacy.

Speaking to the BBC, Murray said there "almost has to be zero tolerance" for tennis to stay credible in public opinion.

The Wimbledon champion added: "Whether either player was intentionally cheating or not - we don't know that, and I don't think either of them are like that -but both of them were unprofessional."

Murray is sidelined from the ATP World Tour Finals in London this week while recovering from back surgery.

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