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After failed dope test, Aryaan is set for a second serve

DNMUM437879 | 6/18/2019 | Author : Rutvick Mehta | WC :493 | Sports

No harm, no foul | 16-yr-old national tennis player talks about fighting mental breakdowns

In January this year, 16-year-old Aryaan Bhatia had the unpleasant distinction of being the first tennis player in India to fail a dope test, facing a provisional suspension that threatened to hit the brakes on a blossoming career.
Last week, that threat was neutralised as the National Anti Doping Agency’s disciplinary panel reduced the suspension to a reprimand after the family filed an appeal, and ruled that the minor did not ‘intentionally’ take the prohibited substances.
In the intervening five months, however, the Mumbai lad had to live with sport’s most dreaded tag, leading to bouts of mental breakdown that required constant care from his family, coaches, and well-wishers.
The nightmare began in October last year when
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