Originally Posted by DropShotArtist
Same reason as Nadal. Banned substance. Sod does hit one of the hardest balls on tour.
the question is not why a ban but why a SILENT ban. a silent ban is a violation against the anti doping code as the outing is and important part of the punishment and transparency is very important in anti doping.
the reason for doing it silent would be obvious: the don't want to hurt their priced superstars and lose sponsor money. if the kids stop idolizing their player and don't buy rafa shirts anymore or don't watch TV tennis loses money (that is also why those no name argentinian players were openly banned).
overall this would be a huge scandal if it came out that the ATP protects their stars by using silent bans. doping violaters must be outed publically.