Bogomolov suspended 1½ months

LONDON -- U.S. tennis player Alex Bogomolov Jr. was suspended Tuesday for 1½ months after testing positive for an asthma drug at the Australian Open.

Bogomolov, ranked 190th, said he took the substance to treat his respiratory condition but did not have permission to use it, the International Tennis Federation said. The ITF's independent tribunal ruled there was no intent to enhance performance and waived the usual two-year ban.

Bogomolov tested positive Jan. 13, the ITF said. The suspension began Monday and lasts until Nov. 10. He also forfeits prize money and ranking points from the Australian Open and tournaments through April 10.

Bogomolov, who turned pro in 2002, lost in the first round of
the U.S. Open to 11th-seeded David Nalbandian.

The 22-year-old player was born in Moscow, where his father was a former Soviet national tennis coach. The family moved to Miami in 1992. Bogomolov lives in Chickamauga, Ga., and last year married WTA Tour player Ashley Harkleroad.