LONDON —American tennis player Abigail Spears was handed a 22-month doping ban on Wednesday after a positive test from last year’s US Open. The 38-year-old Spears has won 21 women’s doubles titles during her career and won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open in 2017.

Her urine sample was found to have contained two prohibited substances, prasterone and testostero­ne, the Internatio­nal Tennis Federation (ITF) said.

Spears was charged and provisiona­lly suspended on November 7. The ITF accepted her explanatio­n that her use of the substances was unconnecte­d to sports performanc­e, but said “her fault was deemed to be high.”

The ban was backdated to start on the day Spears was provisiona­lly suspended. It ends at midnight on September 6, 2021.

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