LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Serbian tennis player Victor Troicki says he will appear at sport's highest court next week to challenge his 18-month ban for skipping a doping test.
Troicki says in a statement he is "confident" ahead of his Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing on Oct. 9.
The 2010 Davis Cup winner says "I will attend in person for sure. I am fighting for the truth and I will do it as hard as I can."
The International Tennis Federation banned Troicki until January, 2015 because he refused to provide a blood sample, after also giving a urine sample, at the Monte Carlo Masters in April.
A tribunal dismissed Troicki's claim that an anti-doping officer at the tournament advised him to write to the ITF citing illness for not giving the sample.