K.3.5 Where the Chairman grants the Player’s application and rules that no Provisional Suspension should be imposed on the Player, or that a Provisional Suspension previously imposed on the Player should be vacated, then (subject only to the possibility of reconsideration in light of new evidence) that decision will be final and binding on the parties, and the ITF shall have no right of appeal against it.
The Chairman has the right to end any drug investigation before it would go to the tribunal, while still imposing a "quiet" suspension (if I'm reading this correctly). It would seem by this apparent loophole that players could effectively be suspended for drug violations without it being made public and resume playing once the suspension is served with no one the wiser.
By the way, does anyone know if during a Provisional Suspension, an exhibition tournament would be allowable based on this below?:
A Player may not, during the period of any Provisional Suspension, play, coach or otherwise participate in any capacity in (a) a Covered Event, any other Event or Competition, or any other kind of function, event or activity (other than authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes) authorised, organised or sanctioned by the ITF, the ATP, the WTA, or any National Association or member of a
National Association; or (b) any Event or Competition authorised or organised by any professional league or any other international or national-level Event organisation...