Filippo Volandri turned pro in 1997 and reached a career-high ranking of 28 on 16 May 2005.
In January 2009 Volandri received a 3-month ban from the ATP for a doping offence after testing positive for salbutamol on March 13, 2008 at the Indian Wells tournament. Volandri did have a medical exemption from the ITF to use salbutamol, an asthma medication, but the ITF deemed that his use of the drug was beyond therapeutic needs. His suspension was to last to April 14, 2009 and required him to forfeit all prize money and ranking points earned from the date of the failed test until the beginning of his suspension.
In March 2009 the Court of Arbitration for Sport overruled the ATP decision and ruled that Volandri should be reinstated and his forfeited ranking points and earnings returned to him. Volandri stated that he intends to sue the ATP over the incident.
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