Spanish player Nuria Llagostera Vives tests positive for meth, faces 2-year ban

Monday November 11th, 2013

Nuria Llagostera Vives last played at the U.S. Open, where she and doubles partner Liezel Huber lost in the third round. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images) Nuria Llagostera Vives last played at the U.S. Open, where she and doubles partner Liezel Huber lost in the third round. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Spanish doubles specialist Nuria Llagostera Vives is facing a two-year ban after testing positive for methamphetamine at the Bank of the West Classic in July, the ITF announced Monday. You can read the full decision here.

After having wrist surgery in March, Llagostera Vives was set return to the tour in Stanford, Calif. She withdrew after doubles partner Francesca Schiavone fell ill, but by then Llagostera Vives had been randomly selected to provide a urine sample for testing.

The lab test found d-methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth or meth. Llagostera Vives was notified on Aug. 28, two days after the U.S. Open began. After the U.S. Open, where Llagostera Vives reached the third round with Liezel Huber, she accepted a provisional ban and has not played since.

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